| DIABETIC FOOT CARE INFORMATION
Foot care is especially important for people with diabetics.
When people can't get their shoes on, especially for seniors citizens, they
stay at home, don't exercise and
they eventually isolate themselves.
Inspect your feet every day, and seek care early if you get a foot injury. Make sure your
doctor checks your feet at least once a year - more often if you have foot problems. Your
doctor should also give you a list and explain to you the do's and don'ts of foot care.
By following some simple steps, most people can prevent any serious foot
- Your doctor should perform a complete foot exam at least annually - more often if you have foot problems.
- Remember to take off your socks and shoes while you wait for your physical examination.
- Call or see your health care provider if you have cuts or breaks in the skin, or have an ingrown nail. Also, tell your health care
provider if your foot changes color, shape, or just feels different for example, becomes less sensitive or
- If you have corns or calluses, your health care provider can trim them for you. Your health care provider can also trim your toenails if you
cannot do so safely.
- Because people with diabetes are more prone to foot problems, a foot care specialist may be on your health care team.
There are many things you can do to keep your feet healthy.
- Take care of your diabetes. Work with your health care team to keep your blood glucose in your target range.
- Check your feet every day. Look at your bare feet for red spots, cuts, swelling, and blisters. If you cannot see the bottoms of your feet, use
a mirror or ask someone for help.
- Be more active. Plan your physical activity program with your health team.
- Ask your doctor about Medicare coverage for special shoes.
- Wash your feet every day. Dry them carefully, especially between the toes.
- Keep your skin soft and smooth. Rub a thin coat of skin lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes.
- If you can see and reach your toenails, trim them carefully when needed. Trim your toenails straight across and file the edges with an emery board or
nail file. If unable to trim your nails, seek regular, quality foot care.
- Wear shoes and socks at all times. Never walk barefoot. Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet. Check inside your shoes
before wearing them. Make sure the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside.
- Protect your feet from hot and cold. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. Don't put your feet into hot water. Test water before putting
your feet in it just as you would before bathing a baby. Never use hot water bottles, heating pads, or electric blankets. You can burn your feet
without realizing it.
- Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 5 minutes, two (2) or
three (3) times a day. Don't cross your legs for long periods of time. Don't smoke.
- Get started now! Begin taking good care of your feet today. Set a time every day to check your feet.
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