Sugar Matters
April 23, 2010
Ten commandments of Diabetic Foot Care

The Ten Commandments listed here are really quite simple, but many people do not follow them for one reason or another. In some cases, it is time: “I don’t have time to go to my doctor for him/her to take off this corn on my foot.” In some cases, it is stubbornness: “I want to wear gunslingers, so I will.” In other cases it truly is a situation of someone not knowing and then having an honest accident: “I didn’t know the water was so hot and I wanted to soak my feet, then they got burned.”{{more}}

The goal of this short series on diabetic foot care was to remind some of you of the basic rules for people with diabetes, and to teach those of you for whom this is all new. Some rules will strike you as almost too simple, but remember that diabetic feet are very special and need different(and more intense) care than non-diabetic feet (although non-diabetic feet could also benefit from some of those rules). Here is a quick repeat of all the rules, which we have discussed in detail over the last few weeks:

Ten Commandments for Diabetic Foot Care:

1) Look at your feet everyday.

2) Wear shoes or socks at all times when walking or standing

3) Do not wear slippers(gunslingers), ill-fitting tight shoes or too-tight socks

4) Do not soak your feet!!!

5) Keep feet dry, especially between the toes

6) Report ANY bruising, change in color, cuts, sores or new odor to your doctor IMMEDIATELY

7) Ask your doctor to help cut your toenails, especially if they are thick or discolored. Ask for help with corns, dead skin and boils. DO NOT LANCE BOILS,TREAT CORNS OR FILE/SAND DEAD SKIN ON YOUR OWN.

8) Ask your doctor to look at your feet at visits, even if nothing seems wrong

9) Keep good blood sugar control

10) Watch for strange symptoms or signs: changes in color of your feet, pain in your legs/feet when you raise them or at night, corns, bunions, change in shape of your toes/bones. REPORT THESE TO YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

There is your list, read and take them to heart and mind until next week. Keep reading, Vincies!

Until next week stay safe and healthy.

Anita Ramsetty, MD
[email protected]
Medical Director Endocrine Care Group
Tel: 843-798-4227