Did you know that diabetes can damage numerous parts of your body, including your feet? November is National Diabetes Month, a great time to share with our patients the numerous issues that can come with this disease that afflicts over 100 million Americans. For any of our patients, foot health is fundamental, but for our diabetic patients, it is imperative!

Here at San Antonio Podiatry Associates, PLLC, our staff works directly with our patients to provide guidance and care to treat your diabetic feet. We take diabetes seriously, and we know taking care of your feet is essential for you to live your life to the fullest. In between appointments, though, it’s important to keep up the care at home as well! That’s why we put together some tips on caring for your diabetic feet day-to-day.

Foot Protection is Key

Proper shoes and socks are the first line of defense to keep your feet safe. They make specific socks that lack elastic and include extra cushioning that can help keep your feet safe and snug while wicking away moisture from your skin. A wicking sock can help prevent fungal infections like athlete’s foot.

Your shoes should provide balance and stability while remaining comfortable and snug. Consult your podiatrist about custom orthotics specially made for diabetic feet.

Daily Foot Washes Keep Your Feet in Check

Keeping your feet clean and dry will help you avoid fungal infections. Soak your feet in lukewarm water and wash gently with a soft washcloth or sponge in mild soap. After they’re washed and dried (don’t forget to dry between the toes!), a layer of moisturizer (avoid between your toes) is a great way to keep your skin from itching or cracking.

A daily foot wash is also a great time to check your feet. Daily foot checks for cuts, scrapes, blisters, warm spots, discoloration, or any other issues are important. Inspecting your feet every day and keeping them clean is essential for maintaining foot health.

Keep in Touch With your Doctor

Diabetes stays with you for life and needs to be monitored closely by a team of health professionals. Your endocrinologist can help you stay on top of any changes in your condition, and regular doctor visits can also provide you with the most up-to-date methods of diabetic treatments or management.

A podiatrist can also help you maintain the health of your feet and avoid common complications like ulcers, nail issues, and infections. If you’re struggling with diabetes, regular visits can help get you back on track to healthy feet.

Contact us

If you are in need of a compassionate, board-certified foot care specialist, reach out to San Antonio Podiatry Associates, PLLC! With six convenient locations and a team of expert podiatrists, you will have access to the highest level of foot and ankle care. Contact us by calling 210-899-1026 or book an appointment online!