Keeping your feet safe as a diabetic is more simple than you think. In this blog we shall go through 6 Tips for diabetic foot care from a podiatrist. As we all know diabetic foot care is very important. Despite this many people don’t. It seems in Australia that wearing sandals and thongs is non negotiable. This puts yourself at risk of infection, cuts and cracked heels and having cooler feet. Apparently this is more important than loosing a foot. Im afraid to say this is not an exaggeration either. As a podiatrist its something we see everyday. Talking to most Australia diabetics it like talking to a goldfish. having 1 person out of 20 do what you ask is like winning the lottery.
‘There are more than 4,400 amputations every year in Australia as a result of diabetes. Every year there are 10,000 hospital admissions in Australia for diabetes-related foot ulcers. Many of these admissions end with people having a limb, or part of a limb, amputated.’ As you can see from these stats Im not exaggerating. So following that if you are still reading this, these are –
My quick tips for diabetic foot care
- Apply moisturiser daily. This should be a foot specific moisturiser and contain at least lux. It should go around your whole foot no just your heels. Be careful not to get it between your toes though.
- Wear a good pair of sport shoes and clean socks as much as possible. Open shoes will cause you feet to dry out more. This caused cracks, corns and callous to form. The floors and streets are also very dirty. This puts you at risk of infection. Have them fitted up correctly to make sure they are the correct type for your feet, and they fit correctly. I would recommend Athletes foot for their range and fitting skills.
- See a podiatrist. If you are newly diagnosed with no nerve or blood flow issues at least every 6 months. When you cant cut your nails, have corns or callous then every 6 weeks would be great. If your blood flow is poor, you have nerve issues along with corns and callous then you may need to see them every 2-4 weeks.
- Keep record of your blood glucose levels. This way you can see trends in your levels. This will help you to know when you need to get help.
- See a dietitian. For type 2 diabetics this is often what lead them to have diabetes in the first place. Having small amounts of carbs consistently adds up during the day. Make sure you’re not overdoing it. Sticking to a high protein and fat diet is much better than eating carbohydrates. So this dinner time keep away from those potatoes, pasta and rice. Then at breakfast avoid milk, cereal, white bread, pancakes, yogurt and too much fruit. Instead have eggs and bacon on 1 slice of brown toast
- Do exercise. It’s not as simple as it sounds. Don’t include going for a walk, a 10 minute cycle, gardening, and cleaning your house. These thing hardly get your heart rate up and will not increase muscle size. Muscle size is important as it affects you bodies composition levels. So do 30mins -and hour of dedicated exercise. Do weights or high intensity interval training (HIIT). It doesn’t matter what age you are. This is going to be the best form of exercise.
So there it is. 6 simple Tips for diabetic foot care. Dont put your feet at risk. You will miss them more than you know.