The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 29 million people are afflicted with diabetes, so if you have this condition you know that you are not alone. You should also know that the disease has a wide range of effects on the body, including the health of your feet. The best plan to prevent medical issues and keep you safe is to practice diabetic foot care.
So what is diabetic foot care? Well, this is a catch-all term to cover various preventative and treatment practices to keep feet safe from the potential threats posed by diabetes. One of the most important practices is to conduct a daily foot inspection. At the end of the day, before you go to bed, take some time to carefully look over your feet. Use both your eyes and hands so you can see and feel anything out of the ordinary. If you cannot see the bottoms of your feet, be sure to either use a mirror or ask a loved one to help. And be sure to inspect the areas between your toes!
Another important part of diabetic foot care is to come see us at our office. Regular appointments with your doctor will help you manage the condition, but we can also assist you in creating a diabetic foot care plan to keep you safe and healthy. Contact us today for more information and our friendly staff will be glad to help.