Simple everyday measures could keep feet healthy and complication-free.
Do you have diabetes? Have you just recently been diagnosed with this condition? If so, then you may be wondering the best way to care for your feet to prevent issues from happening. We’re glad you’re here! Our Brooklyn, NY, podiatrists, Drs. Joseph C. and Joseph A. Stuto, are ready to offer up some helpful tips to follow to keep your diabetic feet on track.
Wash Feet Daily
Sure, this might seem like a no-brainer but you may be surprised that your normal romp in the shower may not be giving your feet the proper cleaning they deserve. If you are someone who just lets soapy water run over their feet but you don’t actually scrub your feet with soap and water then you aren’t thoroughly washing your feet. You must always use soap and water on your feet, making sure to get in between toes and other crevices where bacteria and dirt may lurk.
Don’t Forget the Moisturizer
Feet, just like any other part of the body can easily become dry, and dry feet can easily crack and hurt. As you might imagine, having cracks in your feet can make you vulnerable to infection. Let’s prevent this problem altogether by making sure that you apply a moisturizer every day. Once you get out of the shower, thoroughly dry your feet off and then finish it off with a nice moisturizer to keep feet feeling supple.
Daily Self-Exams are Necessary
How are you going to know there is a problem if you aren’t even aware that something is going on in the first place? The only way you’ll actually be able to tell that there is a problem is by checking your feet every day. We don’t just mean a quick glance over either. We mean that you should thoroughly inspect every region of your foot, including between toes, to look for issues such as redness, cuts, wounds, tenderness, corns and calluses and other signs that there might be an issue.
Don’t Ignore Problems
Despite your best intentions issues can still happen, but it’s how you handle the issue that’s most important. At the first sign of trouble it’s better to play it safe and call our Brooklyn foot doctor right away so that you can get the proper treatment and care you need so that more serious complications don’t occur. It’s amazing how quickly the smallest issue can turn into something more major, but we are here to help.
Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, is here for all of your foot needs, whether you need to talk to us about diabetic foot concerns you have or you are experiencing pain or other symptoms. Trust in our foot experts!