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Podiatry for Diabetics

People with diabetes are more susceptible to problems in their lower extremities because of the effect on small arteries. Exercise can help strengthen your heartbeat and increase blood flow and peripheral blood flow. Many diabetics experience calluses and pressure sores, cracked skin, as well as changes to skin colour as a result of their condition. It's important to consult with a podiatrist to ensure your feet remain in good health. Orthotics are also commonly prescribed to help correct balance problems and improve circulation.

Do's For Diabetics:

  • Examine feet daily
  • When soaking your feet, do not exceed 10 minutes
  • Pat your feed dry – don't rub them
  • Diabetic skin needs to be moisturized regularly
  • When using a foot bath, test the temperature with your elbow
  • Sleep with a pillow between legs to avoid crossing
  • Wear cotton or wool socks
  • Dress properly for the weather: ensure your boots are insulated and without leaks
  • Wear orthotics to decrease pressure
  • Buy shoes late in the day as feet swell as the day goes on

Dont's For Diabetics:

  • Don't smoke, nicotine is a vasoconstrictor (shrinks blood vessels)
  • When moisturizing or applying cream to your feed, apply to the top and bottom but NEVER between the toes
  • Don't wear tight socks or garters or socks with seams
  • Don't wear shoes without socks
  • Don't wear tight fitting fashionable shoes
  • Don't sit with your legs crossed
  • Don't walk barefooted in or outside the house
  • Don't use acid or medicated corm and callus pads


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