The Importance of Proper Diabetic Foot Care

What are some of the risks when it comes to diabetic foot health? Well, foot ulcers, wounds, and amputations, says the American Diabetes Association. This concerns the staff at The Ankle and Foot Clinic in Omaha, NE, including your podiatrist, Dr. Kent DiNucci. Accordingly, he stresses the importance of daily home foot care and his in-office exams.

Why are diabetics at risk?

Because of high blood glucose levels, people with both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes:

  • Are more prone to infection
  • Have impaired nerve function and micro-circulation
  • Heal slowly
  • Cannot perceive pain and pressure accurately

Because of these impairments, these individuals suffer deformities, gangrene (tissue necrosis), and may need amputation of toes, feet, and even limbs.

As such, your podiatrist in Omaha, NE, asks these patients to see him one to two times a year for a complete foot exam and to follow specific guidelines for personal diabetic foot care.

Guidelines for home care

Besides following the primary care physician's instructions regarding blood sugar control, medications, diet, and exercise, people with diabetes should follow these practices for best foot health:

  1. Wash your feet daily with warm water and a mild soap. Dry them completely with a clean towel, particularly between the toes.
  2. Look at your feet every day, paying attention to skin color, temperature, texture, pressure points, calluses, corns, and any breaks in the skin.
  3. Correctly trim your toenails—that is, straight across the nail and never rounding the corners. Correct trimming avoids ingrown toenails.
  4. Moisturize your feet to minimize dry skin and cracking where bacteria and fungi may infiltrate. Do not put lotion between your toes.
  5. Wear shoes that support the arches and have ample room in the toes. Avoid tight, high-heeled, or open-toed shoes.
  6. Do not go barefoot.
  7. Change your socks every day. Make sure they fit properly and are not bunched up in the toes.
  8. Don't let your feet get wet and cold in inclement weather.

Healthy feet and a healthy you

At The Ankle and Foot Clinic in Omaha, Dr. Kent DiNucci gives you the time and attention you need to live well with your diabetes. From periodic examinations to treatment of acquired and congenital deformities, to a wide range of skin and nail services, your podiatrist delivers superior podiatric care. Call for an in-office exam or if you have any concerns about your feet and ankles: (402) 331-0221.

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