Summer is a time for many outdoor activities, events and celebrations. We want everyone to be able to take part in all of the joy that summer brings, including those with diabetes who require extra foot care. While being active this summer, it is important for those with diabetes to take extra precautions to prevent accidents and complications as it pertains to your feet. Here are some care and safety recommendations for those with diabetes who need to take extra precautions while being active this summer.
- It is important that people with diabetes receive thorough foot exam during every medical visit. At home they should examine their own feet for sores or injury at least daily.
- Wash your feet every day in warm – not hot – water, and dry well, particularly between the toes. Keep feet soft with lotion or petroleum jelly, smooth corns and calluses gently, and trim toenails frequently. Keep in mind when trimming toenails to trim straight across!
- Wear shoes and socks at all times to minimize the risk of injury. Never go barefoot around the house or outdoors.
- Protect feet from extreme heat, but never use heating pads or hot water to warm feet.
- Remain active and do other things to promote blood flow to feet. Check with your healthcare provider on exercises that would be appropriate for you to do or to not do.
- Discuss general foot care with your doctor, prosthetist or other health professional. It is very important to maintain an open and honest discussion with your prosthetist to achieve optimal care and personalized support just for you.
We hope that you and your family have a fun and safe summer! Don’t forget to take these extra precautions when attending summer activities and events, or for simply taking a walk on a warm summer evening. Contact us today for more information or guidance on diabetic foot care!