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Diabetic Foot Care Guidelines

Diabetic foot care is as important as diet in managing diabetes. Statistic shows that 6 out of every 1,000 diabetic patients have foot amputations foot care. For people with diabetes even a small cut could lead to serious foot problem if not well taken care of. In order to prevent amputation of your foot or leg people with diabetes should take extra care of their foot health. Following are some of the diabetic foot care guidelines suggested by the American Diabetes Association :

  • Check your feet every day. Look at your bare feet for red spots, cuts, swelling, and blisters. If you cannot see the bottoms of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone for help.

  • 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.

  • 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 pavement. Don't put your feet into hot water. Test water before putting your feet in it just as you would before bathing a baby. Never use hot water bottles, heating pads, or electric blankets. You can burn your feet without realizing it.

  • Ask your doctor about Medicare coverage for special shoes.

Diabetic Shoes - What to Consider When Buying

Life should not end the moment you find out that you are suffering from diabetes instead use it as an inspiration to make life better. However, no matter how someone would impose to himself that everything is still normal even after the diagnosis, there are still some activities which are deprived to do, take walking as an example! Will walking aggravate the condition? The answer is no, but it can cause foot injuries and other problems such as peripheral neuropathy.

Diabetic shoes are the answer! Your doctor might have already oriented you about the harm that these ordinary shoes would pose in terms of your health; these can lead you to experience the condition known as peripheral neuropathy given that ordinary shoes would badly allow the feet to undergo extreme rubbing. However, diabetic shoes are specially created to be deeper and wider with insoles that provide enhanced ventilation and fit. Reduced rubbing tendency is also provided to prevent amputations and ulcers

In case you are shopping for ideas on the internet for some considerations when buying diabetic shoes. Either you want to give it as a gift to your friend suffering from the sickness or perhaps you simply want to buy one for yourself then there are four factors that you should look for: first is it should be created in varying width, second is it should have a lace or Velcro closure, third, it should be created using breathable materials, and lastly, it should contain removable inner sole.

All of the considerations listed above seem to be an easy task to do, but there is a problem still and that is the fact that you just canít get these kinds of shoes anywhere. Youíll be asked to visit a podiatrist who will decide the kind and material of shoes that would work well for your condition. Heíll determine the right kind by assessing your need and give his findings through prescriptions. Yes, the term is prescription since heíll write the instruction on a piece of paper just what youíll expect from a usual doctor,

If you happen to be a member of Medicare then your shoes will be given to you for free, this is because patients of the said health company are given the chance to get one free pair of shoes at least every year. This is indeed a big help for someone who is looking day and night for food by which he can serve on the table. He no longer has to worry about the expenses incurred by buying a new shoe since it is given to him for free.

Here are some extra friendly tips to ensure that your feet are on its utmost shape:

        Inspect signs of blisters and lesions especially in the middle of toes.

        Use specially made footwear such as slippers, socks, orthotics, insoles, etc.

        Look for a footwear that fits you well

        Go for removable insoles for comfort.

In case you see that your condition gets worse, go to the nearest physician and let him inspect your condition so you would know how to treat your case.

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