You may think a small cut or blister on your foot is no big deal, but if you suffer from diabetes that small cut or blister can quickly turn into a bigger problem.
The immune system in someone with diabetes is weaker and they can have more circulation problems. These two things make healing happen at a much slower rate than usual. So, if you have a sore on your foot and have diabetes, the bacteria has a greater chance of multiplying and turning into an ulcer rather quickly than if you don’t have diabetes. These ulcers can be hard to get rid of and if not treated immediately can produce dangerous results.
Some things you can do to prevent your risk of getting an ulcer is to check your feet on a daily basis. Since it is very common for those with diabetes to lose feeling in their feet, it is extremely important to actually look to see if there are any cuts, or blisters on any part of your foot. If you do notice anything abnormal, make an appointment with your podiatrist.
Wash and dry your feet daily. When you shower make sure to wash in between your toes and thoroughly scrub your feet. After getting out of the shower make sure your feet are completely dried off before putting socks and shoes on. Dark, wet areas are a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Also, keeping your feet moisturized can help prevent cracking which can lead to wounds as well.
Lastly, wear comfortable shoes that don’t rub on your skin, even in your own home. Shoes provide a protection from outside sources that can cause wounds on the foot. You may think your feet our safe in your own home, but there are still things you can step on, or run into that can cause minor cuts and scrapes, which, if you aren’t careful, can turn into an ulcer.
Sometimes the simplest things can make the most difference in taking care of your feet. If you are in need of a podiatrist for a wound on your foot or for any other foot & ankle problem, come see Dr. Evan Merrill today. He and his staff at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC are ready to help get you back on your feet and to keep them healthy. Make an appointment today by calling 541-776-3338 or by filling out our online form.