How to Care For Your Feet

FACT! FOOT PROBLEMS ARE A COMMON COMPLICATION OF DIABETES
• Diabetes-related foot problems are most frequently caused by nerve damage and poor blood circulation.
• Foot problems are the leading reason for diabetes-related hospitalization
• Foot Infections, Ulcers or Sores, Deformities, Trauma, Peripheral Neuropathy and Foot and Lower Leg Amputation are common results of poor circulation and nerve damage
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR FEET
1. IT IS IMPORTANT TO CHECK YOUR FEET EVERYDAY
2. Look at your bare feet to make sure you don’t have any sores, blisters or swelling. If you can’t see the bottoms of your feet, they should use a mirror or ask someone else to check them
3. Wash your feet every day and dry them completely to eliminate the possibility of fungus growth. Make sure you pat your feet dry — don’t rub them
4. Use a good lotion on your feet to keep skin smooth and prevent dry, cracked skin. Don’t use lotion between the toes — it will keep the skin there too moist, and that breeds bacteria
5. Trim toenails, but not too short. Cut them straight across and file the edges with a nail file to prevent ingrown toenails and cut them right after they bathe while the nail is still soft
6. Always wear shoes and socks — even inside the house
7. Wear comfortable shoes, preferably shoes designed for people with peripheral neuropathy in you feet.
8. Check shoes before they put them on and make sure the lining is intact and smooth and that nothing is in your shoes (There is Medicare assistance in purchasing special shoes)
9. Never put your feet in hot water. Always check the temperature of you bath water with the elbow before stepping into it.
10. Never use hot water bottles or heating pads on your feet. Neuropathy makes it harder to sense extreme temperatures and you can burn your feet without even knowing it.
11. When sitting down, prop your feet up to keep the blood circulating. Move the toes and ankles to keep the blood pumping.
12. Never cross your legs when sitting.
Our Clinicians Will Ask You to Demonstrate Proper Foot Care to Ensure Your Understanding of this Procedure.

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