You have worked so hard to obtain healthy feet as a diabetic, and there are some key factors to keeping them that way.
Inspect your feet every day - Examine the tops and bottoms of your feet to make sure there are no breaks in skin, no areas of redness, or any new blisters or sores that you are not aware of. Remember to look between your toes, too! That is a place where moisture gathers, which can cause a break in skin.
Dry between your toes thoroughly - Use a rolled up paper towel, a haridryer set on "cool," or even a Qtip to do this. Between your toes is also dark, damp, and enclosed - the perfect place for fungus to grow and thrive.
Apply lotion or cream to the tops and bottoms of your feet - Our office recommends Gormel 20 cream. This is a 20% urea cream, which contains a keratolytic, which exfoliates dead or redundant skin. It also traps in your skin's moisture to prevent cracking of the heels. if your heels crack, this can lead to a break in skin and an area where bacteria can enter and cause a bacterial infection, which could lead to complications such as a cellulitis or a puss pocket.
Visit your podiatrist on a regular basis! - Your podiatrist will stratify your diabetic risk and recommend the time you should return to be seen. Those of our patients that are higher risk are seen every few weeks, and those that have no or minimal risk factors are seen less frequently.
Whatever the reason, it is important to take good care of your feet. With these simple tools, you can self monitor, and if you see something you are not sure of or think it should be checked by a doctor, don't hesitate to call our office Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic 630-834-3668. Your feet will thank you!