Thursday, September 6, 2012

Diabetic Foot Care Guidelines


  • Inspect your feet daily. Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems. Use a magnifying hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. Call your Community Foot Specialist in Springfield and Dayton at 937-426-9500 if you notice anything
  • Wash your feet in lukewarm (not hot!) water. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily. But only use lukewarm water—the temperature youd use on a newborn baby.
  • Be gentle when bathing your feet. Wash them using a soft washcloth or sponge. Dry by blotting or patting—and make sure to carefully dry between the toes.
  • Moisturize your feet—but not between your toes. Use a moisturizer daily to keep dry skin from itching or cracking. But DON’T moisturize between the toes—this could encourage a fungal infection.
  • Cut nails carefully—and straight across. Also, file the edges. Dont cut them too short, since this could lead to ingrown toe nails.
  • Never trim corns or calluses. No bathroom surgery”—let your doctor do the job.
  • Wear clean, dry socks. Change them daily.
  • Avoid the wrong type of socks. Avoid tight elastic bands (they reduce circulation). Dont wear thick or bulky socks (they can fit poorly and irritate the skin).
  • Wear socks to bed. If your feet get cold at night, wear socks. NEVER use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
  • Shake out your shoes and inspect the inside before wearing. Remember, you may not feel a pebble—so always shake out your shoes before putting them on.
  • Keep your feet warm and dry. Dont get your feet wet in snow or rain. Wear warm socks and shoes in winter.
  • Never walk barefoot. Not even at home! You could step on something and get a scratch or cut.
  • Take care of your diabetes. Keep your blood sugar levels under control.
  • Dont smoke. Smoking restricts blood flow in your feet.
  • Get periodic foot exams. See your podiatric foot and ankle surgeon at Community Foot Specialists in Dayton and surrounding areas on a regular basis for an examination to help prevent the foot complications of diabetes. Call us today if you have any questions, 937-426-9500
Check out one of our podiatrists, Dr. Thomas at Community Foot Specialists talking more about diabetes and your feet!

Did you know we have a book on diabetes and how it affects your feet? Get your FREE copy today by clicking here. From your friends at the Community Foot Specialists!

No comments:

Post a Comment