Careful inspection of your feet on a regular basis is one of the easiest, least expensive, and most effective measures for preventing foot complications, especially if you have Diabetes. By examining your feet daily, and after every injury, you are taking a crucial step to preventing serious foot problems. Noticeable changes, such as temperature, skin color, pain, or swelling may be warning signs for poor circulation or loss of sensation that could potentially lead to something more serious.

Annual examinations by your
 Idaho Foot & Ankle Center Podiatrist are also vital for anyone with Diabetes. Dr. Kylin Kovac can provide a more thorough exam and detect any signs of changes, such as broken skin or ulcers that can be detrimental to the health of your feet and body. Dr. Kovac can also check for areas of high pressure or loss of blood circulation.
With Diabetes, it is important to keep your feet clean. Wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap. After washing, make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, especially in-between the toes. You may also apply non-irritating moisturizer to prevent cracks and to keep your feet smooth.

Be sure to also avoid
 ingrown toenails, which can get infected, by keeping them trimmed neatly. If you are unable to cut your toenails safely, ask Dr. Kovac for professional assistance. Never attempt to cut your own bunions or corns as this can lead to infection as well. Instead, remember to visit Idaho Foot and Ankle Center for safe and pain free removal.

To further protect your feet from harm, be sure to:

  • Avoid smoking, as it reduces blood flow to your feet
  • Buy comfortable shoes that are not too tight or too loose
  • Wear clean, dry socks and change them everyday
  • Never walk barefoot in order to protect your feet from harmful objects

Diabetes is serious, especially when your feet are involved. Early detection, simple care, and visits with Dr. Kylin Kovac are just a few things that can be done to control and prevent complications as they arise. If you are experiencing any foot or ankle issues, contact Dr. Kovac for help today!