Check your feet every day. Make sure you see your health provider on scheduled visits. Do not cut your cuticles EVER. Cuticles are to be pushed back and your toe nails cut by your Podiatrist ONLY. Diabetics usually suffer from nerve damage called neuropathy. This condition makes it hard for you to feel injuries or sore spots, the disease will also affect your blood flow, making it harder to detect blisters and their healing process.
Tips for caring for your feet.
- Inspect your feet daily for redness, blisters, cracks numbness and dry skin. The disease tends to rob you of the natural oils in your limbs making them rough, easy to crack and dry. I’ve tried lotions, creams Ammonia Lacate 12% and nothing helps to keep my feet lubricated. So, I going to try an age old “wive’s tale” remedy ~ Crisco. Never put creams between your toes. I’ll come back later and let you know how that’s working if any. Use a mirror to check the bottoms of your feet as well if there is no one else to assist you.
- Avoid walking barefoot, even indoors Always socks and check inside for any loose debris.
- Stop smoking, smoking restricts blood flow which can make it harder for wounds to heal.
- Do not use heating pads on your feet. Neuropathy causes you to not feel burns.
Wearing proper foot wear is extremely important. Depending upon your condition your foot could be damaged by too much pressure. Avoid wearing high heels or tight boots ~ your provider might suggest special shoes or suggest custom inserts.
Regular exercise improves blood flow in your feet. It also increases foot strength and flexibility. Gentle exercise like walking or riding a stationary bicycle are excellent forms of exercise.