If you are a diabetic and have never seen a foot doctor, we are glad you found FAANT! Amputation rates in diabetics are on the rise, but they are preventable.
Here are ten tips to prevent an amputation.
- Diabetes causes nerve damage that can cause you to lose feeling in your extremities. Make sure to check the bottoms of your feet twice a day since you may not be able to feel any developing problems.
- If you find any cuts, scrapes or wounds on your feet, put some triple antibiotic ointment and a Band-Aid on it. Then be sure to visit a FAANT physician so we can take a look.
- Wash your feet with lukewarm water and use your hands to feel for any problems.
- Moisturize your feet -- except for in between your toes!
- Trim your nails straight and rounded on the edges. Be sure to leave a little white.
- Never, ever trim your corns or calluses.
- Wear dry, clean socks and change them often.
- Avoid nylon socks, socks that are too tight and constrict your blood flow, and thick bulky socks that cause irritation.
- If your feet are cold at night, wear socks. Do not use a heating pad or hot water bottle as this could burn you.
- See your podiatrist on a regular basis to stay ahead of any problems that come up. Call us to make an appointment!