November is National Diabetes Month! Sol Foot and Ankle Centers want to remind patients of ways to prevent the risk of foot problems. People with diabetes are 10 times more likely to have a lower limb amputated than people without diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes can lead to poor blood circulation which affects the potential for healing and nerve damage therefore patients do not feel increased pressure. Therefore, diabetics are vulnerable to developing ulcers, infections, deformities, and brittle bones.
It is important to get your feet checked regularly by a podiatrist to prevent diabetic foot complications. In addition, the following are some tips to help prevent problems before they start:
1. Inspect feet daily for injuries that could lead to dangerous ulcers
2. Gently wash feet in lukewarm (not hot!) water
3. Moisturize feet (avoid the area between the toes)
4. Never trim corns or calluses; this can lead to serious infections
5. Inspect the inside of shoes before wearing them for objects
6. Wear diabetic shoes and inserts
7. Wear clean and dry socks
8. Avoid walking barefoot
9. Maintain a proper diabetic diet
10. Exercise as tolerated
Patients should schedule an appointment with their doctor at Sol Foot and Ankle Centers if there are any signs of trouble or concerns. Early treatment can keep diabetic foot problems from progressing, and reduce the risk of amputations.