7. Get Regular Checkups
It is your doctor who can provide you with the right information and treatment regarding foot problems and tips on how to take care of your feet.
Your doctor should examine your feet at every visit and do a thorough foot exam once a year. If you have a history of foot problems, you may need more frequent visits.
Do not delay in making an appointment with your doctor if you notice any problems, such as cracking between the toes, sores or wounds on your feet, ingrown toenails, numbness or pain in your feet, calluses, or redness or blackening of the skin.
Diabetes-related foot problems can worsen very quickly, making them more difficult to treat.
8. Increase Blood Supply
Poor blood circulation can affect the blood supply to your feet. Due to reduced blood supply, even small cuts and sores may take a long time to heal.
To keep an adequate blood supply to your feet, taking a brisk walk for 10 minutes every 2 to 3 hours is a must.
When sitting, put your feet up and wiggle your toes from time to time. Also, avoid sitting with your legs crossed or standing in one position for long periods of time.
If you have poor circulation and lack of sensitivity to heat, do not use a heating pad or hot water bottle to improve blood flow to your feet. You could burn your skin without realizing it.