The dos and don’ts of diabetic foot care

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If you have diabetes, you can keep your feet healthy by following a few simple steps.

Dr. Mary Hanley, medical director of the Wound, Hyperbaric Medicine and Limb Preservation Program at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, recommends starting with this list of dos and don’ts to help prevent and treat wounds on your feet.

DOs: How to prevent and treat foot wounds

Typical wounds heal within six weeks, but that’s often not the case for people with diabetes.

“Any wound on a diabetic foot is a life-and limb-threatening wound,” Dr. Hanley says.

And while that may sound scary, taking the following precautions can help keep your feet healthy and give you peace of mind.

DON’Ts: Here’s what to avoid to keep your feet healthy

As important as it is to follow the dos, it’s just as vital to know what not to do. It’s essential to avoid ignoring any cut or wound. Dr. Hanley offers these additional suggestions:

The list of don’ts may seem daunting at first. But with time, medical resources and experience, you can soon feel confident about caring for yourself.

“Preventing foot wounds and diabetic ulcers is doable,” says Dr. Hanley. “The most important ‘do’ to remember is that you can’t heal a wound without first doing what’s needed to keep your whole body healthy.”