If you are a diabetic and have never seen a foot doctor, we are glad you found FAANT! Amputation rates in diabetics are on the rise, but they are preventable.

Here are ten tips to prevent an amputation.

  1. Diabetes causes nerve damage that can cause you to lose feeling in your extremities. Make sure to check the bottoms of your feet twice a day since you may not be able to feel any developing problems.
  2. If you find any cuts, scrapes or wounds on your feet, put some triple antibiotic ointment and a Band-Aid on it. Then be sure to visit a FAANT physician so we can take a look.
  3. Wash your feet with lukewarm water and use your hands to feel for any problems.
  4. Moisturize your feet -- except for in between your toes!
  5. Trim your nails straight and rounded on the edges. Be sure to leave a little white.
  6. Never, ever trim your corns or calluses.
  7. Wear dry, clean socks and change them often.
  8. Avoid nylon socks, socks that are too tight and constrict your blood flow, and thick bulky socks that cause irritation.
  9. If your feet are cold at night, wear socks. Do not use a heating pad or hot water bottle as this could burn you.
  10. See your podiatrist on a regular basis to stay ahead of any problems that come up. Call us to make an appointment!