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Diabetes and important daily habits go hand in hand – eating well-balanced meals, monitoring blood glucose, exercising and resting. But now there is another task doctors urge you to add to your daily routine: checking your feet.

People with diabetes have a high risk of major foot complications, which can start off as a small blister or cut, but can take a turn for the worse if left untreated. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause nerve damage in extremities, such as the legs or feet. Nerve damage may lead to poor circulation in the extremities, making wounds have a longer healing time, which makes them more prone to infection.

It’s vital to follow a good foot care regimen if you have diabetes. Feet should be washed daily, cleaned thoroughly, dried carefully and moisturized with lotion to prevent cracking. Feet should be examined each day: check the tops and bottoms of your feet for any dry, cracked skin, blisters, cuts, scratches or other sores. If you do find any foot wounds, wash with soap and water immediately and cover with light gauze, keeping pressure off the area. You will need to see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Proper shoe fitting is essential for those with diabetes. A shoe made out of soft materials with a shock-absorbing sole may be all that you need for those in early stages of diabetes that have no history of foot problems or loss of sensation. If you have noticed a loss of sensation in your feet, consult with a podiatrist to discuss the best options for proper footwear and foot care. Studies have shown that if a diabetic patient has one visit with a podiatrist, they have a 47% less chance of losing a limb.

As a good rule of thumb, always consult with a podiatrist if you have any questions or concerns over your foot care. Contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman for a foot consulation.