Preventative Foot Care

Posted on: July 24th, 2015 by Premier Prosthetics Blogger
Those with diabetes need to take extra precautions with their feet when being outdoors this summer.

Those with diabetes need to take extra precautions with their feet when being outdoors this summer.

 

The summer season is host to a variety of outdoor activities, events and celebrations.  However for those with diabetes, attending these activities can be a challenge as it raises the risk for complications with sensitive feet. It is important for those with diabetes to take extra precautions to prevent foot related accidents and complications when going outdoors.

Here are some foot care and safety recommendations for those with diabetes:

  • Folks with diabetes should receive thorough foot exams during every medical visit. At home, they should examine their own feet for sores or injuries at least once daily.
  • Diabetic feet should be washed every day in warm – not hot – water, and dried well, particularly between the toes. Keep feet soft with lotion or petroleum jelly, smooth corns and calluses gently, and trim toenails frequently.  Keep in mind when trimming toenails to 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 never use heating pads or hot water to warm feet.
  • Remain active and do other things to promote blood flow to feet. Check with your healthcare provider on exercises that would be appropriate for you to do or to not do.
  • Discuss general foot care with your doctor, prosthetist or other health professional. It is very important to maintain an open and honest discussion with your prosthetist to achieve optimal care and personalized support just for you.

We hope that you and your family have a fun and safe summer!  Don’t forget to take these extra precautions into consideration when attending summer activities, events or for simply taking a walk on a warm summer evening. Contact Premier Prosthetics today for more information or guidance on diabetic foot care.

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