Diabetic Feet! 10 Tips For Great Foot Care! West Side Hospital
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Good medical morning! This is watson with part two about diabetes. Today’s video will be less graphic than before and it will focus on diabetic foot care. Please leave your foot care tips and tricks as a comment below to help our viewers care for their foot problems!
Here are our top 10 tips!
10) Protect your feet from heat and cold. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. Wear socks at night if your feet get cold.
9) Wash your feet in warm water every day, using a mild soap. Test the temperature of the water with your elbow because nerve damage can affect sensation in your hands, too. Do not soak your feet. Dry your feet well, especially between your toes.
8) Check your feet every day for sores, blisters, redness, calluses, or any other problems. If you have poor blood flow, it is especially important to check your feet daily.
7) If the skin on your feet is dry, keep it moist by applying lotion after you wash and dry your feet. Do not put lotion between your toes. Your doctor can tell you which type of lotion is best.
6) Gently smooth corns and calluses with an emery board or pumice stone. Do this after your bath or shower, when your skin is soft. Move the emery board in only one direction. Consult a podiatrist for assistance as needed.
5) Check your toenails once a week. Trim your toenails with a nail clipper straight across. Do not round off the corners of toenails or cut down on the sides of the nails. After clipping, smooth the toenails with a nail file. Be very careful not to cause ingrown nails or damage the skin around the nail.
4) Always wear closed-toed shoes or slippers. Do not wear sandals and do not walk barefoot, even around the house. Damaging your feet can ultimately result in a life threatening situation.
3) Always wear socks or stockings. Wear socks or stockings that fit your feet well and have soft elastic. Search out socks that are designed for people with diabetes. They can make a world of difference.
2) Wear shoes that fit well. Buy shoes made of canvas or leather and break them in slowly. Extra wide shoes are also available in specialty stores that will allow for more room for the foot if you have a foot deformity.
1) See your podiatrist every 2 to 3 months for checkups, even if you don’t have any foot problems. Default to their advice and make sure you stay actively involved in your foot health.
So there you go folks. If you have better advice, please leave a comment below. We would LOVE to hear from you!
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