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Oak Ridge Podiatrist | Oak Ridge Diabetic Foot Care | TN | Arches Foot Care LLC |

140 West Tennessee Ave.
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Dr. Brian Christiansen

865-482-1788

Diabetic Foot Care
 

DIABETIC FOOT CARE GUIDELINES

Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet—even a small cut could have serious consequences. Diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet. Diabetes may also reduce blood flow to the feet, making it harder to heal an injury or resist infection. Because of these problems, you might not notice a pebble in your shoe—so you could develop a blister, then a sore, then a stubborn infection that might cause amputation of your foot or leg.

To avoid serious foot problems that could result in losing a toe, foot, or leg, be sure to follow these guidelines.

-Inspect your feet daily. Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems. Use a magnifying hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. Call your doctor if you notice anything.

-Wash your feet in lukewarm (not hot!) water. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily. But only use lukewarm water—the temperature you’d use on a newborn baby.

-Be gentle when bathing your feet. Wash them using a soft washcloth or sponge. Dry by blotting or patting—and make sure to carefully dry between the toes.

-Moisturize your feet—but not between your toes. Use a moisturizer daily to keep dry skin from itching or cracking. But DON’T moisturize between the toes—this could encourage a fungal infection.

-Cut nails carefully—and straight across. Also, file the edges. Don’t cut them too short, since this could lead to ingrown toe nails.

-Never trim corns or calluses. No “bathroom surgery”—let your doctor do the job.

-Wear clean, dry socks. Change them daily.

-Avoid the wrong type of socks. Avoid tight elastic bands (they reduce circulation).Don’t wear thick or bulky socks (they can fit poorly and irritate the skin).

-Wear socks to bed. If your feet get cold at night, wear socks. NEVER use a heating pad or hot water bottle.

-Shake out your shoes and inspect the inside before wearing. Remember, you may not feel a pebble—so always shake out your shoes before putting them on.

-Keep your feet warm and dry. Don’t get your feet wet in snow or rain. Wear warm socks and shoes in winter.

-Never walk barefoot. Not even at home! You could step on something and get a scratch or cut.

-Take care of your diabetes. Keep your blood sugar levels under control.

-Don’t smoke. Smoking restricts blood flow in your feet.

-Get periodic foot exams. See your podiatric foot and ankle surgeon on a regular basis for an examination to help prevent the foot complications of diabetes.

 
 
 
Oak Ridge Podiatrist Arches Foot Care LLC is a poidiatry office providing Diabetic Foot Care, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Oak Ridge, TN. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 37830 area and surrounding areas in Oak Ridge