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, pan, 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.