March is National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This is a great time to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthy eating habits. This is especially important for people who suffer from diabetes, which can have major effects on their feet. Let’s take a look at some tips to keep your feet healthy.
WHAT IS DIABETES
Diabetes is when you have high blood glucose. When blood sugar levels are not normal in a person with diabetes, this can cause the immune system to stop functioning properly. The body can have trouble dealing with infections. This can affect the feet in particular due to lack of circulation, and your feet might suffer a loss of feeling. Wounds may not heal properly, and simple activities, like walking, can become painful and difficult. Often special diabetic footwear will be prescribed by a podiatrist that can alleviate inflammation and subsequent pain.
DIABETIC FOOT CARE
- First, make sure to check your feet daily to detect any foot problems, changes, or injuries
- Keep your feet clean, warm, and dry
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Always wear clean, dry socks
- You should never leave your feet exposed or unprotected. Avoid going barefoot.
- Never expose your feet to heat or high-water temperatures
- Maintain better foot circulation by not smoking
- Avoid stockings or socks with tight elastic bands
- Carefully shape toenails straight across and avoid ingrown toenails
- Use moisturizer to keep skin supple
Diabetes is one of the most serious conditions that can affect the health of your feet. As always, if you do find an issue or are experiencing any pain or discomfort, contact a specialist right away.
Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Riane Teagarden, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York, for more tips and expert advice. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.