Preventative Foot Care for New Diabetics
Foot (open, painful sores) and cutting off of legs, arms, etc. are a major cause of deadliness,disability, as well as emotional and physical costs for people with (disease where blood sugar swings wildly). who now have no foot (open, painful sores), and outlines the best means toidentify and manage (things that make it more likely that someone will get a disease) before afoot (open, painful sore) happens or a cutting off (a leg, arm, etc.) becomes happening soon.Inspect your feet every day, and look (for) care early if you do get a foot injury. Make sure yourhealth care provider checks your feet at least once a year – more often if you have foot problems.Your health care provider should also give you a list and explain the do’s and don’ts of foot care.Most people can prevent any serious foot problem by following some simple steps.
Your health care provider should perform a complete foot exam at least every year – more often if you have foot problems.
Remember to take off your socks and shoes while you wait for your physical examination.
Call or see your health care provider if you have cuts or breaks in the skin, or have an ingrownnail. Also, tell your health care provider if your foot changes color, shape, or just feels different(for example, becomes less sensitive or hurts).
There are many things you can do to keep your feet healthy.
- Take care of your (disease where blood sugar swings wildly). Work with your health care team to keep your blood glucose in your target range.
- Check your feet every day. Look at your bare feet for red spots, cuts, swelling, and (forms wet, oozing sores). If you cannot see the bottoms of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone for help.
- Be more active. Plan your physical activity program with your health team.
- Ask your doctor about Medicare coverage for special shoes.
- Wash your feet every day. Dry them carefully, especially between the toes.
- Keep your skin soft and smooth. Rub a thin coat of skin lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes. Read more about skin care.
- If you can see and reach your toenails, trim them when needed. Trim your toenails straight across and file the edges with an emery board or nail file.
- Wear shoes and socks at all times. Never walk barefoot. Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet. Check inside your shoes before wearing them. Make sure the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside.
- Protect your feet from hot and cold. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot hard road surface. Don’t put your feet into hot water. Test water before putting your feet in it just as you would before washing/swimming a baby. Never use hot water bottles, heating pads, or electric blankets. You can burn your feet without (understanding/making real/achieving) it.
- Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 5 minutes, two (2) or three (3) times a day. Don’t cross your legs for long periods of time. Don’t smoke.
- Get started now. Begin taking good care of your feet today. Set a time every day to check your feet.
Patients with (disease where blood sugar swings wildly) and high-risk foot conditions should be educated (related to/looking at/thinking about) their (things that make it more likely that someone will get a disease) and appropriate management. A non-(always judging other people) test/evaluation of a person’s current knowledge and care practices should be received/be gotten first. Patients at risk should understand the effects/results/suggestions of the loss of (serving or acting to prevent harm) feeling, the importance of foot watching/supervising on a daily basis, the proper care of the foot, including nail and skin care, and the selection of appropriate footwear. The patient’s understanding of these issues and their physical ability to manage and do proper foot (secretly recording/watching people) and care should be tested/evaluated. Patients with nerve disease should be (gave opinions about what could or should be done about a situation) to break in new shoes slowly to (make something as small as possible/treat something important as unimportant) the (creation and construction/ group of objects) of (wet, oozing sores) and (open, painful sores). Patients with visual (problems, delays, etc.), physical restrictions preventing movement, or thinking-related problems that damage/weaken their ability to test/evaluate the condition of the foot and to institute appropriate responses will need other people, such as family members, to help in their care. Patients at low risk may benefit from education on foot care and footwear.