Diabetes can affect many parts of the body, and feet are particularly susceptible. Common issues such as nerve damage and poor circulation can make it harder to feel injuries and for wounds to heal. However, we at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC still advise our diabetic patients to exercise. Regular physical activity is a crucial part of diabetes management, and with proper foot care, you can stay active safely.

Prioritizing Daily Foot Care

  • Inspect your feet daily: Look for cuts, blisters, bruises, redness, swelling, or changes in skin color or texture. Pay close attention to areas between the toes.
  • Wash your feet with warm, soapy water: Dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
  • Moisturize your feet with lotion: This is to prevent cracking, but avoid applying lotion between the toes.
  • Trim your toenails carefully: Cut straight across and avoid rounding the corners. If you have trouble seeing your feet or have poor circulation, see a trusted podiatrist for nail care.
  • Wear well-fitting shoes: Choose shoes that provide support and protection, and avoid tight-fitting ones or going barefoot.

Exercising Safely with Diabetes

  • Do low-impact activities: Swimming, cycling, and elliptical training are all excellent options that are gentle on your feet.
  • Start slowly: Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts. This helps prevent injuries.
  • Wear proper footwear: Supportive shoes with good cushioning might be better than more fashionable options.
  • Check your feet: Look for any injuries or areas of irritation before and after exercise.

Working with your Doctor

  • Full foot exams: Get a comprehensive foot checkup at least once a year. Your doctor will check for nerve damage, circulation problems, and any potential foot issues.
  • Consistent Communication: Discuss any foot concerns with your doctor right away. Early detection and treatment can help prevent serious complications.

Diabetes shouldn’t be an excuse to stop exercising. In fact, exercise is a great way to keep your feet healthy with the right regimen and proper planning. To learn more on how to carefully exercise for your foot health, consult with the team at Feet First Foot Care Specialists LLC in Cromwell, CT. Board Certified Dr. Adam Mucinskas and his competent staff can give you the reassurance you need. Contact our office at 860-632-5499 or click here to book your appointment today.

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