For a person with diabetes, a minor foot wound can quickly turn into a bigger problem. Possible nerve damage, a weakened immune system and restricted blood flow can make it difficult for wounds to heal. Even minor wounds cannot be ignored and should be treated immediately. The best defense against difficult to heal foot wounds for a diabetic is to properly care for your feet. Here are a few precautions to keep feet healthy:
- Keep feet clean and dry.
- Inspect feet thoroughly each day.
- Wear properly fitted footwear and avoid walking around in bare feet.
- If foot ulcers occur, remove whatever pressure there is on the foot and use proper wound dressings.
Remember that for a diabetic, any foot wound requires the attention of a physician. A well trained in-home caregiver such as at Live Free Home Health Care can also help with preventative foot care and recognizing potential foot issues.
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Live Free Home Health Care is different from other home care agencies because all of our care is nurse supervised and we work seamlessly with your physician. Besides traditional home care services such as personal care, housekeeping and meal preparation, we also offer specialized home care services for diabetics in Concord, New Hampshire, the rest of the Lakes region and central New Hampshire.