For those with diabetes, proper foot care is crucial. Even minor wounds should be treated immediately, since possible nerve damage, a weakened immune system and restricted blood flow can make it difficult for wounds to heal. The following are tips to help with diabetes foot care:
- 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.
In addition to the tips provided above, the Bristol home health professionals at Live Free Home Health Care can help diabetics in New Hampshire with a full range of services to improve diabetes care, such as IV therapy, blood draws, wound care, medication management, nutritional counseling, and more. In addition, we’re here to help with running errands, light housecleaning, meal preparation, and more. Contact us at your convenience to learn more.