Diabetes is a condition where the body cannot make proper use of the sugar one eats. The sugar builds up in the blood and causes many changes in the body. It lowers one’s resistance to infection, prevents normal healing and affects the nerve supply and circulation of the feet. Therefore, the following steps should be taken by all diabetics.
- Feet should be washed daily with lukewarm, not hot, soapy water and gently dried, especially between the toes.
- Shoes should fit well, not tightly.
- Any cuts, cracks, sores, calluses, ulcers or corns should be inspected immediately by your podiatrist.
- Exercise daily, if possible.
- Never walk barefoot or puncture, scrape or cut any problematic areas on the feet.
- See your podiatrist regularly for inspections and routine care.