Living with Diabetes: Preventative Foot Care

Posted on: June 25th, 2015 by JPO Blogger
Follow these tips to protect your feet each time you head outside this summer.

Follow these tips to protect your feet each time you head outside this summer.

 

Living with diabetes raises many new health concerns.  However, there are many things that you can do to help yourself or your loved one prevent and delay complications.  Along with balancing your diet, using appropriate medications, and engaging in exercises approved by your doctor, regular check-ups are an important part of living with diabetes.  When visiting your doctor for routine check-ups, it is important that people with diabetes receive a thorough foot exam during every medical visit.

Other than regular communication with your medical providers, JP&O has some other recommendations for diabetic foot care:

  • Wash your feet every day in warm – not hot – water, and dry well, particularly between the toes. Keep feet soft by using a lotion or petroleum jelly, smooth corns and calluses gently, and trim toenails frequently.  When trimming toenails, trim straight across.
  • Wear shoes and socks at all times to minimize the risk of injury. Never go barefoot around the house or outdoors.
  • Protect feet from extreme heat and cold, and never use heating pads or hot water to warm feet.
  • Remain active and do other things to promote blood flow to feet. Talk to your practitioner about some exercises that would be good or bad for you to do.
  • Have continued discussions about foot care with your doctor, prosthetist or other health professional.
  • Examine own feet for sores or injury at least once daily.

 

Ordinary foot problems can lead to serious complications for those with diabetes.  Taking some of the above precautions can help you avoid complications with neuropathy, ulcers, sores, and even poor circulation.

 

JP&O wants to help you prevent any serious foot complication related to diabetes!  We can offer you more information through our highly qualified pedorthists, prosthetists and orthotists.  To speak with one of our practitioners and learn more about preventative foot care, contact us today.

 

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