Foot ulcers can often occur along with Peripheral Neuropathy, a loss of feeling in your limbs caused by nerve damage. The symptoms include numbness, burning pain and extreme sensitivity.
Here are some simple steps to help prevent diabetic ulcers:
Inspect your feet daily. Look at the soles, toenails and between your toes. Call your doctor if you notice:
- Hot spots, red streaks, swelling, cracks, sores or injuries
- Burning, tingling or a "pins and needles" feeling
- Toenail problems causing redness, pain, or changes in thickness or color
Clean your feet daily.
- Use only lukewarm water and mild soap; always wash between your toes.
- Dry your feet well with a gentle patting motion.
- Apply moisturizing lotion, especially to the heel area, but not between the toes.
Wear proper footwear.
- Never walk barefoot.
- Do not wear tight or uncomfortable shoes.
- Avoid shoes with open toes and heels.
Remember to have regular check-ups. Foot problems develop quickly, so it's important to see a healthcare provider regularly to track blood flow and the feeling in your feet and recommend foot exercises to promote strength and flexibility. Read more about proper foot care.
Updated references 06/28/19