Posted by Denise on 09 20th, 2009 | 11 responses

Diabetics–Protect Your Feet

Foot Disease

Foot Disease

Nerve damage, circulation problems and infections can cause serious foot problems for diabetics. Controlling your sugar levels and not smoking can go a long way in preventing feet problems. If you have uncontrolled diabetes, a serious and deep-seated foot infection can mean loss of a toe, foot or leg through amputation to save your life.

Here are some suggestions below that can also help:

See your physician four times a year to check our feet.

Have your sense of feeling and your pulses checked at least once a year. If you have nerve damage, deformed or misshaped feet, or a circulation problem, your feet need special care. Ask your health care professional to show you how to care for your feet.

Check your feet daily.

Look at your feet daily to see if you have scratches, cracks, cuts or blisters. Always check between your toes and on the bottoms of your feet. Call you health care professional at once if you have a sore on your foot.

Wash your feet and trim your toenails carefully.

Be sure to dry between your toes. Moisture between the toes will let germs grow that could cause an infection. Don’t soak your feet as it can dry out your skin and that can lead to infections. Rub lotion or cream on the tops and bottoms of your feet but not between your toes.

Trim your toenails after you’ve washed and fried your feet (the nails will be softer and safer to cut). Trim the nails to follow the natural curve of your toes. Don’t cut into the corners. If you can’t see well, or if your nails are thick or yellowed, get them trimmed by your foot doctor.

Protect your feet:

  1. Always wear shoes and socks, indoors and outdoors. Don’t wear shoes with plastic uppers and sandals with thongs between the toes.
  2. Heat and cold-Hot water or hot surfaces are a danger to your feet. Wear shoes and socks when you walk on hot surfaces, such as beaches or the pavement around swimming pools. In summer, be sure to use sunscreen on the tops of your feet. In winter, wear socks and footwear such as fleece-lined boots to protect your feet. Wear socks at night.

Exercise

Physical activity can help increase the circulation in your feet. Ask your health care team about things you can do to exercise your feet and legs.

Source: CDC



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