Peripheral neuropathy and decreased circulation can lead to serious foot problems. Please be sure to:
- Check your feet daily, top and bottom for foot problems. Check for swelling, scratches, cuts, reddened areas, blisters, cracks, calluses or sores. Check for areas of increased warmth or changes in color. If you find any of these conditions, notify your doctor.
- Do not walk barefoot at any time. If you have a loss of sensitivity in your feet and step on something that causes a wound or infection, you may never know it until it becomes severe.
- Wear comfortable shoes that fit well (same reason as above).
- Dry your feet well especially between your toes. Apply lotion or cream to the tops and bottoms but not between your toes.
- Do not use sharp objects or chemicals on your feet. Trim nails with clippers and smooth with an emory board. Cut your toenails to match the contour of your toes.
- Schedule regular visits with your podiatrist. It is preferable to let the podiatrist trim your nails and remove corns and calluses.
- Ask your healthcare team about “diabetes shoes” covered by Medicare and some insurance companies.