Preventing Diabetic Foot Infections

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

If you have diabetes, you can develop sores or wounds on your feet. These are called ulcers and they can become infected. Dr. Edward Hill explains what you should and shouldnt do to take care of your feet in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

For people with diabetes, foot sores and infections can be slow to heal or may not heal at all. Here are some tips to help you avoid an infection.

Inspect your feet daily. Look for redness, pain, blisters, cuts, scratches or other sores.

Wear comfortable shoes.

Wash your feet regularly. Dry them carefully, especially between the toes.

Use lubricants or moisturizers to keep your skin from getting dry or cracking.

Cut your nails straight across, and avoid cutting into the corners of the nails. If the edge of your nail is sharp, file it down to make it smooth.

Visit your doctor or a podiatrist right away if you find anything wrong with your feet.

Dont walk barefoot or use adhesive tape on your feet.

Dont treat calluses or corns by yourself.

Dont use hot water bottles or other devices that warm your feet.

Dont wear tight stockings. Avoid wearing socks with elastic tops, because they can reduce blood flow to your feet.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.