DR. HARDY OF ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS SHARES SOME ADVICE REGARDING DIABETES
posted: Jan 28, 2014.
Diabetes has become a common medical condition in today’s society. We see many complications in the feet, the eyes as well as the kidneys. Foot complications can range from dry skin, to ulcerations and infections that can lead to amputations. Working closely with a Chiropodist for regular foot checks as well as caring for your feet at home can provide you with better outcomes and keep your feet happy and healthy longer.
What can you do to ensure continuing health of your feet?
Controlled blood sugar
- Check blood sugar daily and keep a log to bring to office visits
- Discuss with Primary care doctor or Endocrinologist
Check the feet twice daily
- Check in the morning and evening.
- Look for wounds, blisters, areas of redness, bruising, loose nails or calluses
- Use a mirror to help see the bottom of the feet or in between the toes
Never soak in hot water or baths
- Diabetics can have poor sensation in the feet and cannot tell if water is too hot
- Dry the feet well in-between the toes
Use an oil-free moisturizer for the feet
- Recommend Eucerine cream or Amlactin cream
No barefoot walking
- While at home be sure to wear a pair of shoes. This will protect the feet from splinters, glass, stubbing the toe, and injuries that frequently happen in the home
- Socks, slippers and flip flops are not enough to protect your feet
Always wear comfortable socks when wearing shoes
- Avoid prominent seams
- White socks are easier to see drainage- this can alert you to sores and blisters
- Socks should not be tight- there should not be marks left from wearing socks left on the leg.
Be your own advocate
- Read about Diabetes and lifestyle changes you can make
- Write down questions for your doctors and bring to appointments
- Join local support groups and American Diabetes Association for more information.