“Seven years ago I started going to an orthopaedic surgeon and he said, “The best way to treat your feet is right now. You’re going to lose your small toe.” Oh my goodness, I didn’t want to lose part of my foot, so I called Dr. Kraus. We were good friends, but I had never seem him as a professional. He looked at my toe and he examined it. He told me, “We can go a couple of steps here, but I would like to try this one.” Next thing I know, I had a healthy toe again. Over a period of time, Dr. Kraus showed me what to look for and what was going to happen. Believe it or not, everything he said came true. I started looking at my feet daily and he showed me how to take care of them. To this day, I have a very healthy toe again.”
– Diabetic Foot Care Patient in Ft. Oglethorpe, GA
If you have diabetes, follow these foot care tips:
- Inspect feet daily. Check your feet and toes every day for cuts, bruises, sores, or changes to the toenails, such as thickening or discoloration.
- Wear thick, soft socks. Avoid socks with seams, which could rub and cause blisters or other skin injuries.
- Exercise. Walking can keep weight down and improve circulation. Be sure to wear appropriate athletic shoes when exercising.
- Have new shoes properly measured and fitted. Foot size and shape may change over time.
- Shoes that fit properly are important to those with diabetes.
- Don”t go barefoot. Don”t go without shoes, even in your own home. The risk of cuts and infection is too great for those with diabetes.
- Never try to remove calluses, corns, or warts by yourself. Over-the-counter products can burn the skin and cause irreparable damage to the foot for people with diabetes.
- See today”s podiatrist. Regular checkups by a podiatrist at least annually are the best way to ensure that your feet remain healthy.