With the rains come humidity, stickiness and a crowd of bacterial infections. While most of us fall prey to the wrath of these bacteria, the situation becomes more cumbersome and unmanageable (in some cases), especially for diabetes patients. This is especially true for their feet, i.e. diabetes foot care is an important health aspect that cannot be ignored.
This primarily happens because wounds take a longer time to heal for diabetic patients and thus it is imperative that they take utmost care of their feet during the wet days ahead.
Here are some best practices for diabetes foot care that diabetic patients must adopt in their everyday life:
- Every time you walk home from outside, clean your feet with plain water. Pat dry and apply a moisturizing cream.
- Regularly inspect your feet for occurrences of wounds, redness, blisters, etc. Consult a podiatrist if you find anything abnormal or if the feet feel itchy.
- At the end of each day, wash your feet with warm water and mild soap. You can also use an antiseptic soap for best results.
- Scrub feet often to remove mud and dirt.
- Avoid walking barefoot, even at home.
- Make it a practice to wear Diabetic footwear. It’s best to consult a medical expert on this front. Also, invest in a good quality pair of diabetes care socks. Your feet with thank you for this investment.
- Shop for open, breathing shoes rather than closed footwear.
- Clean the web spaces between the toes. This is a popular breeding place for bacteria.
- Use an antifungal powder for your feet.
- Trim the nails of your feet regularly.
Lastly, put your feet up while sitting, move your ankles up and down, this will ensure that there is regular blood circulation to your feet.
This monsoon, pledge that you will take good care of yourself. We at team Pharmeasy wish you a ‘Happy and Safe Monsoon!’