Many patients suffer from Diabetes Mellitus. This condition often leads to neuropathy in which the patient can often experience numbness, burning, tingling, and pain. In addition, the diabetic patient often experiences nail fungus and pain as well as skin disorders of the feet. The development of wounds is also common with patients with diabetes.
Diabetic Foot Care Tips
People with diabetes are more prone to foot problems. Here are some things you can do to keep your feet healthy:
- Take care of your diabetes; be sure your blood glucose is in your target range.
- Check your feet daily for red spots, cuts, swelling or blisters. If you cannot see the bottoms of your feet, use a mirror or ask for assistance.
- Be active. Plan a physical activity program.
- Ask your doctor about Medicare coverage for special shoes.
- Wash your feet daily, and dry them carefully (especially between the toes).
- Use a thin coat of lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes.
- If you can see and reach your toenails, trim when needed. Trim straight across, and file the edges.
- Wear shoes and socks at all times-- never walk barefoot. Wear comfortable shoes that protect your feet, and check for smooth lining and ensure there are no objects inside.
- Protect your feet from hot and cold. Wear shoes on the beach or pavement, and don't put your feet in hot water. Never use hot water bottles, heating pads, or electric blankets.
- Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put them up when sitting, and wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for five minutes, two to three times a day. Don't cross your legs for extended periods. Don't smoke.
How do we care for patients with diabetic foot conditions?
We provide regular services for thick fungal nails and wounds. The majority of this care is covered by insurance plans. In addition, we offer the option for obtaining Diabetic Shoes which can normally be covered by most insurance plans including medicare.