ello, it’s Dr. Bill Releford from The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute “Where amputation is not the only answer”. Today we are talking about Prevent Diabetic Foot Complications With These 8 Proactive Measures
8 Proactive Measures To Prevent Diabetic Foot Complications
1. Inspect your feet daily. If your eyesight is poor, have someone else do it for you. Inspect for:
- Skin or nail problems: Look for cuts, scrapes, redness, drainage, swelling, bad odor, rash, discoloration, loss of hair on toes, injuries or nail changes (deformed, striped, yellowed or discolored, thickened or not growing).
- Signs of fracture: If your foot is swollen, red or hot or has changed in size, shape or direction, see your foot and ankle surgeon immediately
2. Do not ignore leg pain.
- Pain in the leg that occurs at night or with a little activity could mean you have a blocked artery. Seek care immediately.
3. Nail cutting.
- If you have any nail problems, hard nails or reduced feeling in your feet, your toenails should be properly trimmed.
3. No “bathroom surgery.”
- Never trim calluses or corns yourself, and do not use over-the-counter medicated pads.
4. Keep floors free of sharp objects.
- Make sure no needles, insulin syringes or other sharp objects are on the floor.
5. Do not go barefoot.
- Wear shoes, indoors and outdoors.
6. Check shoes and socks.
- Shake out your shoes before putting them on. Make sure your socks are not bunched up.
7. Have your circulation and sense of feeling tested.
- Your foot and ankle surgeon will perform tests to see if you have lost any feeling or circulation.
These are a just a few things that I recommend to all of my diabetic patients to ensure that they stay clear of experiencing an amputation.
If you or a loved one has been recommended for amputation, please contact me at the Releford Foot and Ankle Institute.