Have you ever lived by a car fanatic who spent time each Saturday washing, drying, waxing, and polishing their prized possession? It may seem like a silly waste of time, since one ride around town will undo all the hard work. However, there is something to learn here, especially if you have diabetes. It may seem silly to be so diligent about foot care, but in the end it can keep your feet healthy and going the distance in the long run.
Washing and moisturizing your feet on a daily basis are two important parts to a good diabetic foot care routine. First, always use warm water. Neuropathy can inhibit your ability to feel heat and cold, so avoid burns and do not use hot water. Soak your feet for only around 10 minutes and then use a mild soap to wash all areas of your feet. If you notice any calluses forming, you can use a pumice stone to gently slough away dead skin. Do not use anything sharp on your feet at any time. When finished, gently pat your feet dry with a towel and pay extra attention to make sure the area between your toes is dry. Extra moisture left here can encourage a fungal infection to develop.
Secondly, moisturizing after washing helps lock moisture in and prevents skin from drying out and cracking. Use a moisturizing cream all over your feet, skipping between the toes to prevent a fungal infection. Do this before going to bed and put socks on while you sleep to further help the moisture soak in. Dry, cracking skin is at risk for infection and if you have diabetes, this can lead to a serious injury quickly.
If you have further questions about diabetic foot care or require treatment, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates in Richardson, TX, today. You can reach our office by calling (972) 690-5374 to make an appointment with Dr. Gene Reister.
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