The key to successful management of diabetes is keeping your blood sugar stable and taking good care of your feet every day.
Routine visits to a podiatrist are extremely important.
You should be inspecting your feet every day. If you cannot reach them, then get a mirror and make sure your look at the bottoms of your feet and between your toes carefully.
You should look for the following changes.
- Red swelling and hot sensation (possible infection)
- Drainage or blood
- Foul odor
- Ingrown toenails
- Red streaks
- Pale or blue skin
- Numbness, tingling or burning sensation
Any of these changes can be signs of severe problems associated with diabetes. Please see your podiatrist so he or she may evaluate them. Infections occur very quickly with diabetics, so never assume that these changes in your feet are something to be ignored.
Infections can develop and lead to limb loss or even death.
If you have diabetes, it is important to purchase the proper shoes. Poorly fitted or incorrect shoes often are responsible for infections and even amputations.
Diabetic shoes are covered by Medicare, so if you are a diabetic, contact your local podiatrist for evaluations and to be fitted for Diabetic shoes.