Diabetes affects far more than your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. Two of the most dangerous complications caused by diabetes are nerve damage and poor circulation. Combined, these two complications pose a particularly serious threat for your feet. A lack of feeling and poor blood flow in your feet can cause even small injuries to become severely infected in a matter of days. Thanks to recent advances in orthotics technology, however, individuals who suffer from diabetes can protect their feet better than ever. Here are some foot care tips to follow if you are a diabetic.
- Inspect Your Feet
One of the most basic foot care tips to follow if you are diabetic is to regularly inspect your feet. Because of damaged nerves, it can often be difficult to feel cuts on your feet. For this reason, it is important to make sure that you visually inspect your feet throughout the day and ensure that they are free of cuts or other lacerations. You should also look for blisters, nail problems, and redness, as these are all risk factors for more serious wounds.
- Wear Orthotics
Wearing orthotics can help you protect your feet in a variety of ways. For example, with conventional shoes, certain parts of your feet may experience larger amounts of pressure than other parts. Over time, this can lead to the formation of blisters or ulcers. Orthotics can help to distribute pressure throughout your feet, preventing the buildup of pressure on any one part of a foot. Orthotics can also help ensure stability by limiting the motion of your joints. Without proper stability, your feet can become inflamed, increasing the chance of blisters. Orthotics are custom-made based on your needs and specifications. The high degree of individualization ensures that your feet will remain protected and comfortable.
If you suffer from diabetes, you cannot be too cautious when it comes to taking care of your feet. To learn more about the benefits of orthotics or about prosthetics that are available if amputation becomes necessary, call Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics at (717) 253-9130.