It’s 2016 already! Can you believe it? No, we can’t quite either.
With the new year arriving in force, ‘tis the season to make your resolutions for a better future. Now, we know that most people tend to be somewhat half-hearted with their resolutions, but if you have diabetes, a resolution to take better care of your feet is one you definitely should keep. Even if you haven’t been very dedicated in the past, committing to better diabetic foot care today can improve your life and drastically reduce your risk of complications like wounds or amputations.
Resolve to inspect your feet carefully every day. That means your whole foot, including between toes, at least once every 24 hours. Early detection of nicks, scrapes, swelling, toenail issues, or other problems is key to making sure they don’t get worse.
Resolve to keep feet clean and dry. Wash and dry thoroughly daily with mild soap and warm (not hot) water. Then, use lotion to prevent skin from drying out. This helps you ward off fungal problems or cracked skin that can bleed or get infected. Also, make sure you change socks as needed and rotate between pairs of shoes to give each at least a day to dry out.
Resolve to take good care of your nails. Cut straight across, corner to corner, and never too short. Don’t cut cuticles or into the corners of your toes.
Resolve to protect your feet 24/7. Never go barefoot, especially if you have any problems with nerve sensation. Protect your feet with hard-soled shoes or slippers that fit correctly and comfortably, and try to avoid open-toed footwear. This helps you minimize risk of injury.
Resolve to schedule your yearly diabetic foot exam with Family Foot & Ankle Center. People with diabetes should get at least one full foot examination each year, or more often if they have any documented problems. This exam helps us monitor for potential complications and future risks such as neuropathy or peripheral artery disease, as well as develop any new treatment plans you may need to help you manage your condition and stay healthy and active. Proactive, preventative care is by far the best way to avoid life-altering consequences of diabetes complications.
To schedule your checkup at one of our 5 Greater Cincinnati offices, or to see us with any existing foot concerns, dial 888-689-3317.