Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower-limb amputation in our country. People with diabetes can reduce their risk of amputation by having a podiatrist check their feet regularly. A podiatrist’s training and experience makes him the most qualified doctor to care for your feet.
In addition to regular checkups with a podiatrist, people with diabetes can reduce the risk of complications with these foot care tips:
- Inspect your feet daily.
- Choose thick, soft socks without seams that could rub or cause blisters.
- Exercise daily.
- Have new shoes properly measured and fitted.
- Avoid going barefoot. Always protect your feet with the proper footwear and make sure both socks and shoes are comfortable and fit well.
- See a podiatrist for treatment of calluses, corns or warts, rather than trying to treat these conditions yourself.
- Trim toenails straight across, and never cut the cuticles. Seek immediate treatment for ingrown toenails, as they can lead to serious infection.
- Keep your feet elevated while sitting.
Diabetes can be hereditary, so talk to your family members about monitoring blood sugar and foot health.