Our foot care professionals are trained to treat and care for the feet and nails of individuals with diabetes. The goal of this preventive care is to prevent infection and ulcers.
Diabetes often causes a loss of feeling and poor blood flow in the feet -- two problems that make it difficult to notice when an infection or ulcer is developing.
Individuals with diabetes should receive foot care checkups at least every 60 days. These checkups are covered by Medicare.
Our trained staff will remove calluses and cut toenails, removing the most common source for friction ulcers and fungal infections. Education on proper foot care and assistance with diabetic foot wear prescriptions are included as part of the visit.
Learn more about taking care of you feet by watching this video from our Floyd health library titled
Foot Care for People with Diabetes.
How to Take Care of Your Feet
Many serious foot problems can be prevent by following these steps:
- Check your feet every day for any change in health.
- Look at your bare feet for red spots, cuts, swelling and blisters.
- See your health care provider right away if there are any changes or if you hurt your feet.
- If you have corns or calluses, ask your health care provider to trim them for you.
- Wash your feet every day.
- Use warm water and a mild soap. Avoid soaking since it can dry out your skin and lead to cracks.
- Dry them carefully, especially between the toes.
- Keep your skin smooth and soft.
- Rub a thin coat of skin lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet but not between your toes.
- Trim your toenails straight across, and file the edges with an emery board or nail file.
- Ask for help trimming your toenails if you have trouble reaching them or cannot see well enough to do it safely.
- Protect your feet.
- Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet.
- Check the inside of your shoes each time you put them on to be sure the lining is smooth. Shake them out to remove any loose objects.
- Wear loose fitting socks.
- Do not go barefoot, even indoors.
- Stay active.
- Don't smoke. It will affect your circulation.
- Get regular checkups with your health care provider.
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