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How does diabetes affect my feet?
Many people with diabetes will have special needs or concerns when it comes to their feet. These individuals are more prone to foot infections, due to decreased circulation as well as decreased sensation. The diabetes in general can affect many organs of the body as well. The “team” approach to diabetics is extremely important. As the diabetes progresses it is important that all your specialists keep in contact with one another to get the best results.

What kind of problems should I report to my doctor??

  • Changes in the color of the skin
  • Changes in skin temperature
  • Pain in the legs either at rest of while walking
  • Open sores
  • Ingrown or fungus toe nails
  • Corns or calluses that bleed within the skin
  • Cracks in the heels or anywhere in the skin

Diabetic Do's and Don'ts


  • Do check before putting shoes on for pebbles, rough seams or other potential irritants
  • Do keep your toe nails cut straight across and at a proper length
  • Do wear white socks without seams
  • Do avoid weight gain, which can put additional pressure or stress on the feet
  • Do stay active, Walking is great for the whole body!

  • Don’t use a heating pad or hot water bottle on your feet
  • Don’t use medication on your feet unless prescribed by your doctor
  • Don’t cross your legs while sitting, this may compress blood vessels
  • Don’t wear tight garments which can restrict blood flow to your feet
  • Don’t cut away corns or calluses
  • Don’t go barefoot. Even inside the home. A minor cut or scratch can lead to serious infection
  • Don’t smoke-smoking can lead to circulatory problems and drinking can lead to neuropathic problems.

What are 4 steps to Healthier feet?
1) Wear good comfortable shoes and socks that fit your feet
2) Follow a daily routine of checking your feet for sores or open lesions
3) Wear clean socks and avoid wearing the same shoes 2 days in a row
4) See your podiatrist on a regular basis

Austin Podiatry provides treatment for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Diabetic care
  • Geriatric foot care
  • Laser Toenail Treatment
  • PRP(platelet rich plasma) injections
  • Sports medicine
  • Trauma-Surgery
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Warts
  • Wound Care
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