TOP 10 Foot Care Tips for "Diabetics"
Posted on July 15 2015
Protecting your feet = Preventing Amputation
Diabetes complications include nerve damage and poor blood circulation. These problems make the feet vulnerable to skin sores (ulcers) that can worsen quickly and are difficult to treat.
Proper diabetes management and careful foot care can help prevent foot ulcers. In fact, better diabetes care is probably why the rates of lower limb amputations have gone down by more than 50 percent in the past 20 years. When foot ulcers do develop, it's important to get prompt care. A nonhealing ulcer that causes severe damage to tissues and bone may require surgical removal (amputation) of a toe, foot or part of a leg.
Proper foot care will help prevent problems with your feet and ensure prompt medical care when problems occur. Practice the following tips to prevent future problems:
- Inspect your feet daily
- Wash your feet daily.
- Don't remove calluses yourself.
- Trim your toenails carefully.
- Don't go barefoot.
- Wear clean, dry socks.
- Buy shoes that fit properly.
- Don't smoke.
- Schedule regular foot checkups.
- Moisturize your feet daily with safe, natural creams such as PhysAssist Foot Pain Cream.