Due to nerve damage and reduced circulation, people with diabetes are more vulnerable to foot problems. By taking proper care of the feet, most serious health problems associated with diabetes can be prevented. To stay a step ahead of diabetes-related foot problems, try these tips courtesy of the American Diabetes Association:
- Keep your diabetes in check: Stay on top of your diabetes care overall with your health care team, keeping your blood glucose in the appropriate range.
- Check your feet daily: Set aside time each day to look at the bottom of your feet for any red spots, cuts, swelling, blisters, etc.
- Stay active: Work with your physician to implement an appropriate exercise program.
- Wear specially designed shoes: Try out shoes made especially for diabetic feet; Medicare may even cover the cost.
- Keep your feet clean: Be sure to wash and carefully dry your feet each day, especially between the toes.
- Take care of your skin: Apply a thin layer of skin lotion on the tops and bottoms of your feet (not between toes).
- Trim toenails: Cut toenails straight across and then file the edges with an emery board.
- Never go barefoot: Wear comfortable shoes that fit well at all times.
- Avoid hot and cold: Treat your feet like you would a baby, by testing water temperatures before stepping in, and avoiding the use of heating pads, electric blankets and hot water bottles.
- Maximize blood flow: Avoid crossing your legs for long periods of time, elevate your feet when sitting, and take time throughout the day to wiggle your toes and flex your ankles.
Proper foot care is an essential part of diabetes management. Visiting Angels’ caregivers can inspect your loved one’s feet daily, keep them clean and moisturized, trim toenails, and more to ensure the feet stay healthy. Contact Visiting Angels in Fremont of Sunnyvale today to learn how our caregivers can help your loved one stay on top of diabetes care.