If you have diabetes, there are special precautions you need to take to keep your feet in good shape and stay healthy. The board-certified foot experts at Suburban Foot & Ankle Associates of Illinois want to help you with all of the possible issues that may arise with your feet because of diabetes. From poor blood flow and sores that don’t heal to cracked skin and nail disorders, we’re here to help.
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage in your arms, legs, hands, or feet caused by diabetes. It is different from poor circulation because it affects your nerves rather than your blood vessels. Contact us and we’ll work with you to pinpoint the cause of your neuropathy and to find effective treatments that work for your specific situation.
Caring for Your Feet and Preventing Amputation
Bathe your feet gently and carefully
Bathe your feet in lukewarm, never hot water
Consider using antiperspirant on the soles of your feet to lessen sweating
Cut your nails carefully
Don’t try to treat corns or calluses yourself
Get periodic foot exams
Inspect your feet daily for problems
Keep your feet warm and dry
Look for socks made specifically for patients with diabetes
Moisturize your feet, but not between your toes
Never go barefoot, even at home
Shake out any objects from your shoes before putting them on