FAQs about Diabetic Foot Care

If you are diabetic, you want to take the best possible care of your feet. At Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels TX, podiatrists Dr. Brandon James and Dr. Sarah James educate their patients about the why's and how's of diabetic foot care.

FAQs about diabetic foot care

I am a type-2 diabetic. Why is the health of my feet at risk?

The fluctuating blood glucose levels of diabetes cause many complications throughout the body. Problems such as impaired nerve function, poor circulation, and lowered immunity are common. Accordingly, diabetics are prone to infection, poor wound healing, limited sensory perception, and even gangrene and limb amputation. However, with diligent care at home and from your New Braunfels TX Podiatrist you can enjoy good podiatric health and remain mobile.

What should I do for my feet daily? 

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons says you should look at your feet carefully every day. Inspect the skin, nails, and bottoms of your feet, and report any changes in skin color, temperature, or integrity to your New Braunfels TX Podiatrist. Even a tiny blister or area of friction can develop quickly into a wound or infection.

How should I bathe my feet? 

Use warm water and mild soap daily. Do not scrub, but rather wash all foot and ankle surfaces gently, and dry thoroughly between the toes. Moisturize afterward to prevent drying and cracking.

What is the best kind of socks and shoes to wear? 

Some people choose special diabetic socks. Other, however, simply wear well-fitting, well-ventilated socks. Change them daily, and make sure they do not bunch up inside your shoes. Do not go barefoot--indoors or out. Regarding your shoes, they must be well-supportive and fit comfortably. Your podiatrist will help you choose shoes right for your foot shape and any medical conditions associated with your ankles and feet.

Can I trim my nails? 

Yes, you can, or your podiatrist can do it for you at the New Braunfels TX office. Cut the nails straight across, never rounding the corners. Proper trimming avoids ingrown toenails. If you have corns and calluses, ask your foot doctor to attend to those. Never do foot surgery at home!

What else can I do to keep my feet in good condition? 

Stay as active as possible. Control your blood sugars by taking your medication and eating right. Keep a healthy weight, and do not smoke because tobacco hinders blood circulation and oxygenation. See your foot doctor regularly for in-office exams, or call any time you have a question or concern.

Find out more

The more you know about diabetes and your feet, the healthier you'll be. At Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels TX, podiatrists Dr. Brandon James and Dr. Sarah James are available for any questions or concerns you have. Call today to schedule your routine appointment: (830) 387-4427.

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