Diabetic Foot care - Podiatrist Kingwood, Atascocita and Livingston, TX - Stephen Eichelsdorfer, DPM
Dr. Stephen Eichelsdorfer of Town Center Foot and Ankle discusses why it is so important for diabetics to have a comprehensive foot exam to avoid the complications from diabetes.
Recommended Foot Care for Diabetics
Daily Foot Care
Check your feet and toes daily
Inspect your feet every day for bruises, sores, abrasions, or changes to the toenails, such as thickening or discoloration. If age or other factors hinder self-inspection, ask someone to help you, or use a mirror.
Wash your feet daily
Use a mild soap and lukewarm water to wash your feet in the mornings or before bed each evening. Dry feet carefully with a soft towel, especially between the toes, and dust your feet with talcum powder to wick away moisture. If the skin is dry, use a moisturizing cream daily but avoid getting it between the toes.
Cut toenails straight across
Never cut into the corners, or taper, which may trigger an ingrown toenail. Use an emery board to gently file away sharp corners or snags. If your nails are hard to trim, ask your podiatric physician for assistance.
Don't attempt to remove corns, calluses, or warts by yourself.
Avoid commercial, over-the-counter products that remove warts or corns because they could burn the skin and cause irreversible damage to the foot. Never try to cut calluses with a razor blade or any other instrument because the risk of cutting yourself is too high, and such wounds can often lead to more serious ulcers and lacerations. See your podiatrist for assistance in these cases.
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