Preventing foot complications doesn’t have to be difficult.
When you are first diagnosed with diabetes your thoughts turn to how to keep your blood sugar levels under control and to prevent health issues from happening to you. Diabetics are often at risk for foot problems. Our Naperville, IL, diabetic foot doctors Dr. Brendon McCarthy and Dr. Mark Konieczy offer up some everyday tips you should follow to keep your feet healthy.
Check Your Feet Daily
You should perform comprehensive self-exams once a day to check for any changes in your feet. The more often you do this the faster you’ll be able to detect an issue if it occurs. Things to look for include wounds, cuts, blisters, corns and calluses, redness, swelling or areas that are tender to the touch. Even simple problems can turn serious if you aren’t careful. By checking your feet once a day you can catch issues right away so you get the care you need to prevent complications.
Whether you are looking for an exercise regimen that fits you or you already have one that you follow, it’s important that you remain physically active on a regular basis. Being healthy and maintaining a balanced diet can go a long way to controlling your blood sugar levels and improving your overall health. Just make sure that you always wear the proper supportive shoes for your activity of choice.
Never Go Barefoot
A lot of people with diabetes have some degree of nerve damage in their feet, which leads to a loss of sensation. This is why it’s so important that you wear socks and shoes even if you are indoors, as you could injure your feet and not feel it or notice it. If you aren’t sure which shoes to wear to protect your diabetic feet don’t hesitate to ask our Naperville, IL, foot doctors for advice.
Promote Better Blood Flow
It’s important that you get enough blood flowing to your feet. If you have to sit most of the day try to prop your feet up whenever possible. Move the ankles and toes around several times throughout the day to get circulation moving. Avoid crossing your legs and make sure you take time to get up from your desk and stretch those legs and feet periodically.
If you have questions about caring for diabetic feet don’t hesitate to call Fox Valley Foot Specialists in Naperville, IL. We would be happy to provide you with the care you need.