Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Quick Tips for Your Diabetic Feet!

Foot problems increase if you suffer from diabetes. Diabetics must constantly monitor their feet or face severe consequences, including amputation. Here's some basic advice for taking care of your feet:

  • Always keep your feet warm.
  • Don't get your feet wet in snow or rain.
  • Don't smoke or sit cross-legged. Both decrease blood supply to your feet.
  • Don't soak your feet.
  • Don't use antiseptic solutions, drug store medications, or sharp instruments on your feet.
  • Trim your toenails straight across. Avoid cutting the corners. Use a nail file or emery board. If you find an ingrown toenail, contact our office.
  • Use quality lotion to keep the skin of your feet soft and moist, but don't put any lotion between your toes.
  • Wash your feet every day with mild soap and warm water.
  • Wear loose socks to bed.
  • Try to wear seamless socks to avoid seems rubbing your feet.
  • When drying your feet, pat each foot with a towel.
  • Buy shoes that are comfortable without a "breaking in" period.
  • Do not go barefoot.
  • Check your feet daily for any cuts, bruises, wounds, or other injuries.

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