Q How can I prevent getting a diabetic wound?
Diabetic foot wounds are a result of increased pressure or friction on the skin that can cause either a blister or a callus. If treated early, calluses don't have to become a diabetic wound! Important things to keep your feet healthy include ...
1. Managing your blood sugar: This helps to keep nerves in the feet healthy so that your body can tell you when something is wrong.
2. Check your feet daily: Any signs of redness, callus or changes in your feet should be assessed by your podiatrist as soon as you notice them to prevent irritation (from shoes or your bone structure) from becoming a sore.
3. Use a moisturizer on the feet daily, but not between the toes: Moisturizers keep your skin more resilient. Well moisturized skin does not crack or split and this can prevent open sores on the feet.
4. See your podiatrist early on and regularly: If you have diabetes and have ANY foot concerns, seeing a podiatrist can quickly help you to know your risk level of suffering from a foot ulcer. Once you have had your initial visit, recommendations can be made on how often your feet should be assessed professionally to check for any changes.
Don't hesitate to come in and have your feet assessed if you have diabetes. One of our doctors can help you understand why foot health is so closely related to your diabetes and can help design a plan for foot health!