People who have been diagnosed with diabetes and neuropathy must take special care of their feet. The nerves that travel to the feet are the longest in the body and are often the ones most often affected by neuropathy.
Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. People with diabetes can develop nerve damage throughout the body over time, exhibiting a number of symptoms such as pain, tingling and numbness. One of the most highly affected areas of the body is the feet.
A common problem among those who suffer from diabetic neuropathy is the loss of sensation in the feet. This problem may result in sores or injuries that go unnoticed, becoming ulcerated and infected. Circulation problems may also arise and increase the risk of foot ulcers. Proper foot care is essential in order to stay on top of these issues and prevent severe problems from occurring.
Foot Care Overview
- Clean your feet daily, using warm-not hot water and a mild soap. Avoid soaking your feet. Dry them with a soft towel and dry carefully between your toes.
- Inspect your feet and toes every day for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, calluses, or other problems. Use a mirror laying a mirror on the floor works well-or get help from someone else if you cannot see the bottoms of your feet. Notify your health care provider of any problems.
- Moisturize your feet with lotion, but avoid getting the lotion between your toes.
- After a bath or shower, file corns and calluses gently with a pumice stone.
- Each week or when needed, cut your toenails to the shape of your toes and file the edges with an emery board.
- Always wear shoes or slippers to protect your feet from injuries. Prevent skin irritation by wearing thick, soft, seamless socks.
- Wear shoes that fit well and allow your toes to move. Break in new shoes gradually by first wearing them for only an hour at a time.
- Before putting your shoes on, look them over carefully and feel the insides with your hand to make sure they have no tears, sharp edges, or objects in them that might injure your feet.
- If you need help taking care of your feet, make an appointment to see a Scottsdale podiatrist right away. A foot specialist can assure that your feet are properly cared for and provide treatment that prevents problems from occurring due to neglect or loss of sensation.
Scottsdale Neuropathy Institute has been treating diabetic and peripheral neuropathy effectively for over 20 years. If you or a loved one is suffering from foot pain due to suspected neuropathy, call (480) 994-5977 today for treatment with the best foot and ankle specialists in Arizona!