From dietary changes to daily medications and blood testing, people with diabetes encounter a few challenges along their health care journeys. An uncomfortable issue you may experience is recurring diabetic foot ulcers. These open sores cause discomfort, but can be managed. To help you find relief, here are a few tips for caring for your feet if you have this condition.
Keep an eye on your blood glucose levels.
People often develop diabetic foot ulcers because they lose feeling in their feet and can’t tell when their skin is blistering. This occurs when blood glucose levels aren’t properly managed and the patient develops peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage. By managing your blood sugar with exercise and medication, you prevent this from happening.
Clean your feet daily.
At least once a day, take off your shoes and socks to give your feet a break. Draw a lukewarm bath and wash them with a mild soap. Pay special attention to the areas between your toes and dry your feet thoroughly with a clean towel. Then, apply petroleum jelly and clean bandages to existing ulcers, as well as baby powder between your toes to absorb moisture. This keeps wounds clean and helps you avoid fungi.
If you have decreased nerve sensation in the feet, you may not be able to feel it when you step on hot surfaces or sharp objects. This makes walking barefoot risky. Plus, existing ulcers will be exposed to bacteria, sediment, and debris, increasing the risk of infection.
Wear unsupportive or open footwear.
For your diabetic foot ulcers to heal, you’ll have to protect them from further damage as you work, cook, drive, and run errands. Therefore, it’s important to avoid flip-flops, sandals, or high heels, which could aggravate or expose existing ulcers to dirt. Wear supportive, closed-toe shoes such as sneakers or orthopedic footwear recommended by your doctor.
If you are tired of dealing with diabetic foot ulcers, turn to Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan. These phlebology experts are happy to help New York City patients find relief from painful sores or varicose veins. Serving all boroughs and New Jersey, Dr. Ronald Lev—who is certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine—personally treats all patients. Visit their website for before and after photos, or call (888) 356-VEIN (8346) to book an appointment.