Congratulations! Your diabetic foot ulcer has healed.
Remember these important tips to help PREVENT your diabetic foot ulcer from returning.
In addition to diabetes management, routine foot care can help prevent your diabetic foot ulcer from returning.
Foot care includes1-2:
Daily foot checks
Inspect all sides of your foot, between your toes, and the bottom, which can be done with someone’s help or with a mirror.
Look for any changes in shape or color, sense of feeling/sensation, painful areas, and changes in skin integrity, or the appearance of wounds, bruises, blisters, callouses, nail problems, etc.
Show and discuss any findings with your physician.
Pain in the leg that occurs at night or with a little activity could mean you have a blocked artery, consult your physician.
Check shoes and socks
Check your shoes and socks before putting them on to make sure they are not bunched up and there are no foreign objects in your shoe.
Your toenails should be properly trimmed. Never trim or medicate calluses or corns yourself.
Footwear – Making good choices1-2:
Wear shoes, indoors and outdoors, DO NOT go barefoot!
Check shoes and socks before putting them on and make sure your socks are not bunched up.
Choose shoes that fit well and when you get new shoes, break them in slowly by wearing them 1 or 2 hours a day for the first 1 or 2 weeks.
Preventing and Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers
You can help avoid diabetic foot problems! As a patient with diabetes, the risk of developing a diabetic foot ulcer increases. Dr. Neil Donahue DPM, FACFAS talks through some key steps you can take to prevent a diabetic foot ulcer from occurring. Watch Dr. Donahue’s video now!