Why is diabetic foot care so important?

A foot wound can quickly progress to a serious condition.


An injured foot inside a warm, damp shoe creates the perfect environment for infection to occur.

When injury or infection affects the feet of people who have diabetes, the situation can become disabling. High blood sugar levels often associated with a diabetic condition can cause nerve damage, which can hamper a person’s ability to feel.

Poor circulation associated with diabetes slows the healing process. In severe cases, a person who has diabetes may need constant wound care to prevent infection.

An unnoticed infection in your feet can lead to gangrene and cause the loss of toes and other extremities.

It’s important for all people to take care of their feet for a lifetime of activity; it is especially important for people suffering from diabetes.

In the beginning, the symptoms of diabetic nerve damage may be minor. Some of the common symptoms include:

  • numbness, burning, tingling or pain in the toes
  • extreme sensitivity to touch
  • the reshaping of your foot
  • weakness
  • sores that won’t heal

If you have diabetes, it is important to check your feet every day for injury or signs of infection. We suggest starting a daily routine to clean and check your feet.

Soak your feet in warm water. (Hot water may cause your skin to dry out and crack.) After washing your feet, dry them thoroughly. Treat your feet with lotion to keep your skin moist. Avoid putting lotion between your toes; the moisture might cause an infection.

Pay careful attention to any area of your foot that has changed. If you have questions about diabetic foot care or if you have sore areas on your feet that are not healing, you should make an appointment with a podiatrist. Call (920) 996-3700.

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Appleton, WI 54915
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