Menopause is more than enough to cope with, but when you add diabetes to the mix, it can be overwhelming. That’s why it is so important to take care of your feet.
Your health care podiatrist should check your feet at least once a year, and more often if you notice cuts, cracks, blisters, or ingrown toenails. It’s best to make an appointment to have your toenails trimmed, and have any calluses or corns filed down.
There are many things you can do at home to keep your feet in tip-top shape. Here are five tips for proper foot care for diabetics:
Examine Feet Daily
Examine your feet for any sores, redness, blisters or swelling. If you’re overweight and can’t see the bottom of your feet, use a mirror or ask another person for help.
Control Blood Sugar
Your doctor can advise you on what foods you should eat, and what your blood sugar should be before and after meals. Buy a glucose meter to keep track of high and low blood sugars. Exercise 30 minutes a day, and make it something you enjoy and will stick to.
Don’t Go Barefoot
I know it’s nice to feel the sand between your toes, but many diabetics don’t have feeling in their feet, and can step on something sharp without even knowing it. If a wound is not treated promptly, an amputation may be necessary.
Wear Diabetic Shoes
Diabetic shoes can be created from a mold of your foot, and are more comfortable for foot problems like corns or calluses. There is enough room in the shoe to insert orthotics if you need more support. Most insurances cover diabetic shoes, and you can order a pair from your podiatrist.
Use Skin Lotion
You’re more prone to dry skin if you’re diabetic, especially if your blood sugar is high. Dry skin is itchy and may crack open, which could cause an infection. Use skin lotion to moisturize your feet, but don’t apply between the toes.