April is Foot Health Awareness Month and many educators promote positive foot health and inform others on issues related to foot health. The Healtheo360 team has put together 10 ways to improve diabetic foot health for you and your loved ones.
1. Washing Your Feet Daily
Washing your feet everyday is very critical in having good foot health. Dry your feet, especially between your toes. It is suggested to use non-allergic moisturizing lotion or cream on your feet, this will help your skin from drying. Do not apply lotion in between your toes, because this may result in blisters due to the moisture of the lotion.
2. Avoid Burns
Always test the temperature of water before putting your feet in and do not place your feet close to warm radiators.
3. Avoid Impact Aerobics
Putting too much pressure on your feet can cause a lot of pain and result in swollen feet or worse. It is suggested to do more gentle exercises to reduce pressure on your feet.
4. Visit the podiatrist regularly
Visiting your podiatrist at least twice a year for a foot check-up is a great way to keep your feet healthy.
5. Purchasing the right footwear
Choosing the right footwear is essential to being a healthy diabetic. It is recommended to buy new shoes later in the day when your feet may be swollen, and make sure that the shoe fits. Buying shoes without seams inside of them is suggested as well.
Your doctor may advise for you to purchase custom-molded diabetic shoes, especially if you have a past history of frequent ulcers.
6. Wear socks as much as possible
It is an essential to wear socks with or without shoes. Socks help to prevent blisters, so wear them as much as possible.
7. Stop smoking NOW!
If you are diabetic, you should NOT be smoking. Smoking reduces the blood flow to your feet, and as a result leads to foot ulcers.
8. Check for daily cuts
If there are any previous cuts on your feet, it is best to wash them daily with soap and water. Also apply an antiseptic cream to reduce the possibility of any future infections and cover with a band-aid. If the cut is unbearable, seek medical attention immediately.
9. Consider Orthotic Insoles
Diabetics are suggested to wear orthotic insoles, to help with structural feet problems especially if you have flat feet or hammertoes.
10. Avoid walking barefoot
Avoid walking barefoot especially around your house, you want to protect your feet from any future injuries.