• Podiatry

7 Tips For Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic foot care should be part of your routine to ensure a mobile quality of life, yet many diabetics overlook symptoms of an infection that would prevent unnecessary hospital visits.

Every year, there are 10,000 hospital admissions in Australia for diabetes-related foot ulcers in Australia – many of these end with people having a limb, or part of a limb amputated.

Good news is that we can avoid the risk of infection and maintain a mobile quality of life with these 7 tips for diabetic foot care.

1. Inspect Your Feet Daily

Nerve damage (neuropathy) is a complication caused by diabetes making it hard to feel sores or cracks in your feet. Check both the bottom and around your feet for anything that may lead to an infection. Place a mirror on the floor if you have a problem with flexibility. This will help you see your feet clearly.

2. Don’t Use Your Feet To Test Hot Water

Another problem with nerve damage makes it hard to test the water temperature. Stepping into a hot bath without checking the temperature can cause serious damage to your feet like burns. Burns and blisters often lead to an infection if not treated immediately so use your elbow to test the water temperature before taking a bath.

3. Don’t Go Barefoot Outside

We all know that enclosed shoes protect our feet from scrapes, cuts or splinters that causes infection. Sometimes it’s tempting to put out the trash or collect mail without wearing shoes because it’s quicker that way. Create good habits by wearing shoes at all times, even inside the house.

4. Keep Your Feet Dry

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis) is a common fungal infection among diabetics. Reduce the risk of an infection by drying your feet properly after showering. The same applies to socks. Make sure you remove wet socks immediately, wash in-between your toes and dry thoroughly.

5. Use Correct Footwear

Shoe shopping for diabetics requires more time in finding the right footwear. Diabetic footwear not only supports but also protects the feet. Look for a shoe with extra toe box depth, generous midsole, no seams on the inside and rocker bottom sole to reduce pressure on the feet. There is a velcro strap option for those with arthritic hands.

6. Low Impact Exercises

Exercise has many benefits, but for diabetics, especially those with neuropathy should be choosy when it comes to certain workouts such as aerobics or any high-intensity training. Sprinting,  jumping and leaping places pressure on your feet. Always choose low-impact exercises like walking, swimming or tai chi that doesn’t put too much pressure on your feet.

7. See A Podiatrist Regularly

It’s tempting to cut out corns or calluses or use over-the-counter pharmaceutical products to treat them. Do not attempt these strategies yourself. Always seek a podiatrist in any case and always book a yearly assessment. Your podiatrist will determine the frequency of each visit depending on the level of risk.

Let’s work at reducing the statistic of Aussie hospital admissions by making diabetic foot care part of your routine.

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Toni Wells

Toni Wells is a professional copywriter with a genuine desire to help businesses achieve their copy and content goals. Toni is also a Justice of Peace (QUAL) and volunteers once a month to help out her local community.

Comments (22)

    • Hello there,

      Thank you for the feedback 🙂 I’m so glad you found my blogs informative.
      I’m dedicated to educating people on diabetic foot care so your comment has really made my day.

      Warm regards,
      Toni Wells

  • I liked how the article said that you should choose exercises like walking or swimming when you have diabetes. My father was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago and has pain in his feet. It may be beneficial for him to see a doctor about diabetic podiatry care.

    • Thank you, Dean. I really appreciate your comment.

      Absolutely, I recommend that he makes an appointment with his doctor to see if he is eligible for a referral under the Chronic Disease Management Plan.

      Wishing your father all the best.

      Warm regards,
      Toni Wells

  • My son has diabetes, and I’ve heard that it can cause a lot of foot problems. It makes sense that going to a podiatrist would be beneficial! They would be able to ensure that his feet don’t hurt too much.

    • Hi Braden, thank you for commenting.
      Yes, diabetes is such a complex condition so seeing a podiatrist would be of benefit to your son.

      I wish you two all the best.

      Warm regards,
      Toni Wells

  • I’m glad you talked about creating good habits by wearing shoes at all times. My wife and I recently moved into a new home and with new carpet and a new backyard, she doesn’t have the motivation to wear shoes often. I’m glad that I can relay this information to her to hopefully get her to start wearing shoes more often in and outside of the house.

  • It’s good to know that you shouldn’t go barefoot outside when taking care of a diabetic foot. My son was recently diagnosed with diabetes and he loves to play with his siblings outside without his shoes. I’ll be sure to let him know that he needs to wear shoes more often to protect his feet from getting damaged.

  • I like how you included that you should always seek a podiatrist in any case and always book an early assessment. My sister has diabetes and heard how it can affect your feet and wasn’t sure who she should see about that. I’ll make sure to pass this information along to her so she can find a podiatrist to help her.

  • Thanks for the advice to never treat yourself for any corns or calluses before going to visit a podiatrist. I think a lot of people just assume that whatever they see on the internet about healthcare is true. I’ll keep what you said in mind and visit a podiatrist if I ever get corns or severe calluses.

    • Thank you, Franklin.

      Absolutely, never treat a corn or callus yourself. Seeking a podiatrist is the best thing you can do for your health’s sake.

      Toni Wells

  • It’s helpful to understand that athletes foot is a common problem for people with diabetes. My brother is having some foot issues right now and can’t get them sorted out right now. He needs to find a local podiatrist that is able to help him get the proper treatment.

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