Caring for Diabetic Feet
By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
January 23, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Properly caring for diabetic feet is critical to preventing infection and other serious problems. Here at the podiatric office of Dr. Brian Doerr in Fort Myers, FL, we can help you develop a daily routine for caring for your feet.

Ways to Care for Diabetic Feet

There are several ways to care for diabetic feet to keep them healthy. one of which is to schedule regular checkups with our office in Fort Myers. During these visitations, your podiatrist will check for potential concerns and treat them promptly before any problem can progress.

In addition to visiting the podiatrist regularly, there are several ways to care for your feet at home. For instance, try implementing the following steps in your daily footcare routine:

  • Keep the feet clean, warm, and dry
  • Moisturize the feet daily
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Wear loose socks to bed
  • Avoid soaking the feet in water
  • Prevent ingrown nails by trimming toenails straight across
  • Wear warm socks and shoes when the weather is cold
  • Check for foot wounds daily

Another step you can take to care for diabetic feet daily is to promote better blood circulation by moving around periodically throughout the day. Taking short breaks to stretch or go for a walk are both simple ways to improve circulation to the feet. It is particularly crucial that you take measures to promote good circulation if you sit for extended periods for work or school.

Checking for Foot Wounds

Checking for foot wounds is one of the most important measures you can take every day to care for diabetic feet. Checking your feet daily for injuries gives you the chance to treat wounds promptly before an infection can develop. Things to look for when checking your feet include:

  • Pressure problems
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Scratches
  • Punctures
  • Redness
  • Blisters
  • Bruises
  • Cuts

Caring for diabetic feet involves such steps as keeping them clean and dry and checking for wounds every day. It can also be beneficial to visit a podiatrist regularly as the doctor can look for signs of potential concerns and treat them promptly. For a foot checkup and assistance developing a diabetic foot care routine, contact our office in Fort Myers to see our podiatrist, Dr. Doerr, by calling (239) 931-3668.

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