Top Ten Don’ts of Diabetic Foot

ID-100179238If you have diabetic foot complication or if you are at risk of developing diabetic foot, it is important to know about do’s and don’ts about diabetic foot. Here many don’ts are discussed. Minor injury in a diabetic individual can have catastrophic outcome if not cared for adequately. Hence, proper knowledge about do’s and don’ts for diabetic foot is essential.

  1. Don’t go barefoot anywhere, especially outdoor. Don’t even walk barefoot inside your home. It may be dangerous. There is always risk of foot injury, cuts and other foot injuries and even minor foot injury may lead to development of diabetic foot.
  2. Don’t smoke. Smoking can cause problems in circulation, delay wound healing, and in a diabetic individual (especially with diabetic foot), wound healing of foot injuries is delayed. Smoking can aggravate these problems.
  3. Don’t wear high heels, shoes with pointed toes. Also do not wear shoes that do not it your feet well. Wearing this type of footwear can pt undue and extra pressure to particular point of your feet and start an injury, which may not heal normally. Avoid using sandals with straps in between first two toes. Never wear shoes without soft socks.
  4. Don’t drink excess alcohol. Excess alcohol can cause nerve damage (neuropathy) in peripheral nerves and lead to diabetic foot. Drinking excess alcohol can also increase already damage of already minor damaged nerves and prevent healing of nerves.
  5. Don’t try to remove corns, warts and calluses yourself using razors or blades, if you are diabetic and at risk of complications. If you remove corns, warts, calluses on your own there is high risk of complications. Also, don’t remove corns, warts, calluses using over-the-counter and commercial preparation. Always remove corns, warts, and calluses from expert physicians/surgeons, to avoid complications.
  6. Don’t wear tight clothing in legs, such as tight socks, tight underwear, knee-highs, thigh-highs etc.
  7. Don’t keep your feet wet and do not wear socks on wet feet.
  8. Don’t use adhesive tape on your feet.
  9. Don’t apply heating pad or hot water bag on your feet.
  10. Don’t ignore minor injuries to your feet. Always take care of any injury seriously to prevent diabetic foot.

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