For numerous, the initial step toward better health starts with better foot care.
This is especially real for the 20.8 million Americans who have diabetes, which 6.2 million have yet to be detected.
Keeping feet healthy is a vital part of diabetes self-care. Because diabetes impacts the nerves and capillary in the feet, an everyday care programs can help prevent such major medical issues as neuropathy, bad flow and other problems that can lead to amputation.
To supply useful foot care information, the American Diabetes Association has released “101 Tips on Foot Look after People with Diabetes, 2nd Edition” ($ 14.95) by Neil M. Scheffler, DPM, FACFAS, FAPWCA and Jessie H. Ahroni, Ph.D., ARNP, CDE, BC-ADM.
The book offers the required info for daily care, while acknowledging the modifications that can cause serious problems.
In an easy-to-read format, the book covers common foot issues, preventative procedures, weight and foot problems, changes due to aging, washing the feet, preventing athlete’s foot, toe nail care, wearing the proper shoes and socks, treating small foot problems, bunion treatment, exercising and determining major problems.
” This book is a vital resource for people with diabetes to assist save lots of needless amputations. Especially considering that the 2- to five-year death rate is so high following amputation, we wish to also conserve numerous lives,” stated Dr. Scheffler.
Here are a couple of ideas to help you begin looking after your feet:
– Deal with your health care group to keep your blood sugar in your target range.
– Check your feet every day. Look at your bare feet for red areas, cuts, swelling and blisters.
– Be more active. Plan your exercise program with your health group.
– Wash your feet every day. Dry them thoroughly, particularly between the toes.
– Keep your skin smooth and soft. Rub skin cream on your feet, but not in between toes.
– Cut your toe nails straight throughout and file the edges with an emery board or nail file.
– Wear shoes and socks at all times. Never ever walk barefoot.