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Foot Care for Diabetics
More than 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur among people with diabetes. In 2000-2001, about 82,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed annually among people with diabetes.
Once an individual has an amputation additional complication and challenges to daily living activities occur. But this doesn’t have to happen to you!
The first step in avoiding potential amputations is to keep your glucose levels in check. Study after study indicates that failure to maintain proper glucose levels exacerbates ALL of the complications associated with diabetes.
Nerve damage from diabetes causes loss of feeling to the lower extremities for 60 – 70% of all diabetics. Even something simple like poor fitting shoes can cause serious problems.
See a Podiatrist
A podiatrist is a doctor a who specializes in the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of ailments that affect the feet, the ankles and even the lower legs. A podiatrist should be a member of your health care team and, in conjunction with your other health care providers, develop a foot care plan that meets your needs.
• Even though you don’t feel any pain you may have problems developing -- you might not be able to feel it!
Wash Your Feet Everyday
• Wash your feet in warm – not hot water.
Keep Your Skin Smooth and Soft
• Run a thin coat of lotion, cream or petroleum jelly on the tops and bottoms of your feet.
Take Extra Care with Corns or Calluses
• Talk to your podiatrist about the best way to treat corns and calluses.
Trim Your Toenails
• Long toenails can damage the skin, become ingrown or infected (not to mention being unsightly!)
Wear Shoes and Socks
• Do not walk around barefoot, even inside since you might step on something that could injure your feet.
• Always wear some type of sock to help avoid developing blisters.
• Always check the inside of your shoes before putting them on to make sure there are no loose stones or pebbles and that the lining is smooth.
• Wear shoes that are properly fitted and in good shape.
Mr. Diabetes® has endorsed a special line of socks designed especially for diabetics. You may purchase them at our Products and Services page.
Protect Your Feet from Hot and Cold
As with all matters relating to diabetes balance is the key. Protecting your feet from temperature extremes keeps them healthy.
• Wear shoes or sandals at the beach or when walking on hot pavement.
Keep the Blood Flowing to Your Feet
• Elevate your feet if you sit for long periods of time.
Be More Active
Physical activity is good for you in so many ways.
• Work with your health care provider to develop an activity schedule that is right for you.
Start Your Foot Care Regime Today
• Set a regular time of day to conduct your foot care and stick to it.
Tips for Proper Fitting of Foot wear
• Athletic shoes are a good option for every day wear because they usually have good support and proper construction.
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