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When you are diabetic, you are at a higher risk of developing foot problems overtime. The good news: with routine care and good habits, you can keep your feet healthy.

Keep your blood sugars in your target range. Diet, exercise and/or medicine can help you manage your blood sugar levels.

Check your feet every day. Look at your bare feet for any cuts or blisters. Use a mirror or ask someone for help to check the bottoms of your feet.

Keep your feet clean. Wash them every day and thoroughly dry them, especially between the toes!

Use skin lotion to keep your skin soft and smooth. Rub a thin layer of lotion on the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not in between your toes.

Trim your toenails regularly. Be extra careful not to cut yourself. Use clean nail clippers and cut your nails straight across.

Wear shoes and socks at all times. Never walk barefoot. Make sure your shoes and socks aren’t too tight and fit well.

Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting. Aim to be more active, whether it be walking, swimming, doing chair exercises. Don’t smoke.

Blog post provided by:
Megan Kemp, RDN, LD

Hannibal Foot CareSwimming is typically thought of as a summer activity, but if you’re a regular or competitive swimmer, you aren’t confined to just those few months. Indoor pools makes it possible for you to be in the water all year round, allowing you to stay in shape and enjoy the sport of swimming.

Although swimming is a low-impact activity, you could still experience foot or ankle pain. Swimmers need healthy feet to push them through the water and foot or ankle pain could be just as debilitating to a swimmer as any other athlete. There are many ways that swimmers put a strain on their feet and ankles - jumping off the blocks, pushing off the walls with flip turns, and the constant pointing and flexing of your toes. Those who have experienced foot cramps while swimming can understand their crippling effects. Some common foot and ankle issues that swimmers face are: tendonitis on the top of the foot and in the Achilles which could lead to heel issues, pain on top of the foot, and ankle discomfort. All pools, both indoor and outdoor, can be perfect environments for infections like athlete’s foot and fungal nails to take root.

You can avoid these foot problems by taking care of your feet:

  • Stretch and warm up
  • Condition your feet 
  • Exercising on land as well as in the pool will build up the strength of your feet
  • Don’t walk barefoot
  • Use antifungal precautions
  • Dry off your feet immediately, treat with antifungal spray, and wear clean socks

When you invest in the care of your feet, you are less likely to end up with foot and ankle problems or even unpleasant infections of the toes. However, if you do experience any kind of pain or discomfort when you are swimming or notice an infection flaring up, call Dr. Cline at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, (573) 629-3500.