Diabetes can impact the body in a number of ways, especially creating potentially serious complications for your feet. It is essential to learn how to care for diabetic feet as even small foot problems can lead to amputation or be life-threatening.
With diabetes, the blood vessels below the knee often become narrow and restrict blood flow, causing infections that don’t heal. This common and serious complication can lead to the loss of your foot, leg or your life.
Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling and nail problems. Use a magnifying mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. If you need assistance, have someone else do it for you. Be proactive by knowing what is going on with your feet on a daily basis.
Shake shoes free of small objects you may not be able to feel and ensure your socks aren’t bunched up. Wear lighter colored socks so you’ll notice blood or drainage if they occur.
Never use heating pads, hot water bottles, ice or electric blankets, and never put your feet in hot water without testing the temperature; you can easily burn your feet without noticing.
Improve circulation by wiggling your toes and moving your ankles for five minutes, two to three times a day. Control blood sugar levels. Good diabetes management reduces your risk of developing complications.