- Inspect your feet daily. Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems. Use a magnifying hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. Call your Community Foot Specialist in Springfield and Dayton at 937-426-9500 if you notice anything
- Wash your feet in lukewarm (not hot!) water. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily. But only use lukewarm water—the temperature you’d use on a newborn baby.
- Be gentle when bathing your feet. Wash them using a soft washcloth or sponge. Dry by blotting or patting—and make sure to carefully dry between the toes.
- Moisturize your feet—but not between your toes. Use a moisturizer daily to keep dry skin from itching or cracking. But DON’T moisturize between the toes—this could encourage a fungal infection.
- Cut nails carefully—and straight across. Also, file the edges. Don’t cut them too short, since this could lead to ingrown toe nails.
- Never trim corns or calluses. No “bathroom surgery”—let your doctor do the job.
- Wear clean, dry socks. Change them daily.
- Avoid the wrong type of socks. Avoid tight elastic bands (they reduce circulation). Don’t wear thick or bulky socks (they can fit poorly and irritate the skin).
- Wear socks to bed. If your feet get cold at night, wear socks. NEVER use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
- Shake out your shoes and inspect the inside before wearing. Remember, you may not feel a pebble—so always shake out your shoes before putting them on.
- Keep your feet warm and dry. Don’t get your feet wet in snow or rain. Wear warm socks and shoes in winter.
- Never walk barefoot. Not even at home! You could step on something and get a scratch or cut.
- Take care of your diabetes. Keep your blood sugar levels under control.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking restricts blood flow in your feet.
- Get periodic foot exams. See your podiatric foot and ankle surgeon at Community Foot Specialists in Dayton and surrounding areas on a regular basis for an examination to help prevent the foot complications of diabetes. Call us today if you have any questions, 937-426-9500
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