Tips To Protect Your Feet If You Have Diabetes

Patients living with diabetes have a lot to manage when it comes to their health: checking blood sugar, finding time to be active, making healthy food choices. With all of that, you may not think about your feet very often. However, daily foot care is essential to prevent the foot complications associated with diabetes. Since November is National Diabetes Month, our Great Neck Family Foot Care team would like to share some valuable tips to help protect your feet if you have diabetes. 


Diabetic Foot Care Tips


Foot problems are, unfortunately, a common complication associated with diabetes. Diabetes can put you at an increased risk for developing corns, calluses, blisters, bunions, and ulcers, and elevated blood sugar levels means these seemingly minor injuries may become gateways to potentially debilitating infections. However, there are several foot care measures you can take to keep your feet in good shape. Here are some valuable tips for protecting your feet:


  • Check your feet daily – Inspect your feet regularly for swelling, blisters, sores, or any changes to the skin and nails. This can help you spot any complications early on and get them treated right away. 
  • Avoid walking around barefoot – Whether you are walking outside or inside, you should avoid walking barefoot since this puts your feet at risk for minor cuts, scrapes, or other injuries. If you have diabetic neuropathy, you might not notice dangerous damage until it becomes infected. 
  • Wear orthotic shoes – Orthotic footwear can be an excellent investment for your comfort and protection. Our team can help you find the most comfortable shoes suitable for your condition. 
  • See a podiatrist regularly – Consider including a podiatrist in your diabetes healthcare team. Our team specializes in diabetic foot care and can treat any foot problems should they come your way. 


Contact Us

As a patient with diabetes, it’s crucial to seek podiatric care regularly to prevent foot complications that can quickly get worse. Our team at Great Neck Family Foot Care is here to help you avoid or reduce damage to your feet. Contact us today to learn more!