If you suffer from diabetes, taking care of your feet is incredibly important. After all, even a small injury can have serious repercussions on your health. Here at Foot Doctor of The East Bay in San Leandro, CA, Dr. Michael Stein provides diabetic foot care to keep patients in top podiatric health. Read on to learn more on the topic.

FAQs about Diabetic Foot Care

What complications can diabetes cause for my feet?

You may notice a reduction in feeling in your feet. This means if you have even a small injury, it could develop into a more serious health issue. For example, you may have a small stone in your shoe but not notice it. This can lead to a blister or ulcer. If left untreated, it could become infected and ultimately require amputation.

What is a diabetic ulcer?

A diabetic foot ulcer is a small wound that typically appears on the sole of the foot. Diabetic ulcers can be caused by nerve damage, poor circulation, or injury.

How can I protect my feet from diabetic ulcers?

You can protect your feet from diabetic ulcers in the following ways:

  • Wash your feet daily
  • Dry your feet carefully after washing
  • Inspect your feet for cuts or ulcers every day
  • Always wear clean, dry socks
  • Don’t walk around barefoot

There are also special types of socks, shoes and orthotic devices that are designed specifically for those with diabetes. You can find out more about these from your podiatrist.

Can I use a moisturizer on my feet if I have diabetes?

You can use a moisturizing cream to prevent the skin on your feet from drying and cracking, but you should not moisturize between your toes.

What types of shoes can I wear with diabetes?

You should wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes that allow your feet to breathe. Avoid high heels and shoes with open toes. Shoes with Velcro or laces that can be easily adjusted will provide you with added comfort.

Call Foot Doctor of The East Bay in San Leandro, CA

If you live in San Leandro and you suffer from diabetes, call Dr. Stein at (510) 483-3390 today to learn more about diabetic foot care.

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