ARTICLES / Diabetes / Putting
Your Best Foot Forward/
Keep blood sugar under control. High
blood sugar makes it difficult to fight infection.
Donít smoke. Smoking can assist in
poor circulation and therefore cause problems.
According to the ADA, most diabetics who have limb
amputations are smokers.
Thoroughly inspect feet daily for
sores, calluses, dryness, or redness. If necessary,
have someone help examine the feet or use a mirror.
Donít wear anything that constricts
circulation, such as tight hose or garters..
Clean feet daily. Lotion is okay on
cracked skin, but never use between the toes.
Do not soak feet or use heating
pads. Because of decreased sensitivity, diabetics
can burn themselves without realizing it. The safest
way to make the feet warm is by wearing extra socks.
Always protect the feet. Diabetics
should not walk barefoot.
Always check with the doctor before
using over-the-counter remedies on calluses or
warts. The chemicals in such products may be too
severe for diabetics.
Be careful when choosing footwear.
Make sure shoes fit properly. Socks should be soft
and comfortable, not tight. Diabetics should not
wear socks with seams or rough spots. The doctor may
be consulted about footwear for the diabeticís
Diabetics should have their feet
checked by their doctor at least once a year.