Monday, July 28, 2008

How to care for diabetic feet

Diabetics continue to grow in number. Here are some pointers to consider in caring for diabetic feet to spare diabetic feet from getting worse.
  • Do not smoke. It decreases the blood supply to your feet.
  • Never walk barefoot, whether indoors or out.
  • Examine your feet daily for redness, warmth, blisters,ulcers,scratches,cuts and nail problems from shoes or other sources. Look at the bottom of your feet and between the toes. Use a mirror or have someone else look for you.
  • Call your doctor immediately if you experience any injury to your foot. Even a minor injury is an emergency for a patient with diabetes.
  • Examine your shoes for foreign objects, protruding nails and rough spots inside before putting them on. Look and feel.
  • Buy shoes late in the day. Do not wear new shoes more than two hours at a time. Rotate your shoes. Do not wear the same shoes ones every day.
  • Never wear sandals or thongs.
  • Lubricate your entire foot if your skin is dry, but avoid putting cream between your toes.
  • Do not soak your feet. Skin can break down and won't heal well.

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