Take Special Care of Your Feet

Because diabetes can cause poor circulation and nerve damage to your feet, you are more likely to develop infections, even from a minor foot injury. If you have diabetes, treat your feet with special care. By following a simple foot care regimen, you can dramatically reduce your risk of amputation and lead a healthy, active life.

A common and costly complication of diabetes, foot ulcers, can easily be prevented through self-examination and proper foot care. When left untreated, however, foot ulcers can lead to infection, gangrene and lower limb amputation. Most often, the cause is minor foot trauma and wound-healing failure. Diabetes related amputation accounts for 51 percent of all amputations in the United States.

If you have diabetes, follow these steps to help prevent foot ulcers:

Every Day:

Check your feet for cuts, sores, blisters or areas of irritation. If you have any concerns, see your podiatrist or internist. Every day, wash and dry your feet, particularly between your toes. Always protect your feet from extreme temperatures and avoid walking barefoot.

When Your Toenails Need Trimming:

Trim your nails straight across, and only if you can see well. If you cannot see well or if your toenails are thick or yellowed, have a podiatrist trim them.

Do not cut into the corners of your toes.

When You Visit Your Doctor:

Ask your doctor to examine your bare feet at each visit. As a reminder, remove your shoes and socks when you enter the examining room. Make sure your doctor checks your feet for sense of feeling and your pulse.

Have your doctor show you how to take care of your feet.

Learn more about the Wound Healing Center at South Texas Health System Edinburg.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment at the South Texas Diabetic and Metabolic Institute at South Texas Health System Edinburg, call 956-213-0400.