Make diabetic foot care your top priority.
According to the CDC, over 29 million people have diabetes. Sadly a little over 8 million people with diabetes don’t even know that they have it. This blood glucose disorder can cause problems in the nerves, kidneys, eyes, and feet, if left untreated. Plus it can put you at a higher risk for joint disorders and heart disease. Along with getting regular diabetic foot care and checkups from your New Braunfels, TX podiatrists, Dr. Brandon James and Dr. Sarah James, these are some of the best ways to care for your diabetic feet.
Manage Your Blood Sugar Levels
The number one way to prevent foot problems and other diabetic-related complications is to treat the condition. This means working with your health care provider to keep your blood glucose levels in check. Talk to your doctor about proper exercise regimens that will help keep you fit and healthy but will also be safe.
Examine Your Feet Daily
You should be checking your feet every day for signs of any changes or problems. If you are unable to check the bottoms of your feet, have a family member do it or use a mirror. Look for new wounds, corns, calluses, swelling, or blisters. If you notice any changes to your diabetic feet, call your New Braunfels, TX, podiatrist for immediate care.
Pamper Your Feet
You should be washing your feet in warm water every day and then drying them thoroughly, especially between the toes, where fungus and other infections can lurk. Also, whenever necessary, trim your toenails. Always cut your nails straight across rather than at an angle. Remember: Toenails should always be level with the tops of your toes. If you are unable to trim your toenails, you can turn to your podiatrists for expert trimming.
Always Wear Socks and Shoes
It’s important that you wear socks and shoes even when indoors. Walking barefoot can leave you susceptible to injuries, trauma, or infection. Always opt for well-fitted and comfortable shoes that will stretch and give as you walk. Compression stockings can also help promote better circulation in the feet and ankles.
If you’re experiencing any foot problems and you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, call us so we can treat your issue right away. The sooner you seek treatment the better the outcome!
If you are looking for quality, esteemed diabetic foot care from a New Braunfels, TX, podiatrist turn to Dr. Brandon James and Dr. Sarah James for specialized diabetic foot care. Call Foot & Ankle Surgery of New Braunfels at (830) 387-4427 to schedule your next appointment.