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Healthy Feet Checklist for Diabetics Everywhere

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Sacramento River Tower BridgeInspect the house? Check. Change of address? Check. Find the nearest grocery store? Check. When you move to a new city, like Carmichael or Sacramento, there’s a lot of checklists you have to complete. If you’re looking for something to do around the area, the California State Fair is being held from July 11 to July 27 in Sacramento. There’s one thing you forgot on the list, though. Did you do a daily foot check to make sure you have healthy feet?

If you have diabetes, there’s a whole list of things you need to check for every day to make sure your feet are safe. That’s because diabetic feet are at a higher risk for infection, due to nerve damage and poor circulation. Don’t worry, the check list doesn’t take long.

Daily Foot Checklist

Scrapes and Cuts – Any small scrapes should be cleaned with soap, treated with an antibiotic cream, and bandaged to avoid infection. If the cut exhibits any unusual symptoms like foul-smelling pus, consult a podiatrist like Dr. Brian McDowell.

Dry Skin – Use lotion to moisturize dry skin and keep cracks away—those cracks often lead to heel fissures, which require professional help.

Blisters – To treat, don’t pop the blister. Clean it with ointment and cover it with a bandage.

Discolored Toenails – Thick, brittle, yellow toenails are often the side-effects of a fungal infection. If you have these symptoms, call McDowell Podiatry Group for laser treatment

Ulcers – If you have an ulcer, it’s vital that you see a podiatrist right away. They tend to progress quickly and require amputation if they’re allowed to fester for too long.

Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly after a shower and avoid putting lotion between the toes or soaking your feet for too long. This will help you avoid fungal infections that thrive in moist environments. Also, trim your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nail issues that can easily become infected. If you see any swelling, redness, or changes in skin color, call the McDowell Podiatry Group at (916) 961-3434 in Carmichael, CA. Here’s to healthy feet!

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Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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