Focusing On The Importance Of Your Feet For Diabetics
For many, the first step toward better health starts with better foot care. This is especially true for the 20.8 million Americans who have diabetes, of which 6.2 million have yet to be diagnosed. Keeping feet healthy is an essential part of diabetes self-care. Since diabetes affects the nerves and blood vessels in the feet, a daily care regimen can help prevent such serious medical problems as neuropathy, poor circulation and other complications that can lead to amputation.
Here are a few tips to help you start caring for your feet:
• 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 blisters.
• Be more active. Plan your physical activity program with your health team.
• Wash your feet every day. Dry them carefully, especially between the toes.
• Keep your skin soft and smooth. Rub skin lotion on your feet, but not between toes.
• 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.
Advanced Care Centers is a state-of-the-art family medical practice with two locations for your convenience. You can visit our Louisville metropolitan location that is located in Jefferson, IN. We also have an office located in the heart of Nashville, TN.
At Advanced Care Centers we focus on many issues that can be a result of poor health choices. In particular we are hoping to help people who are suffering from hemorrhoids. If you find yourself suffering from hemorrhoids please consider our Infrared Coagulation (IRC) procedure. It is “The Gentle Solution” that can help you eliminate this common problem. Please contact us to find out more.