Diabetic Foot Washing Heads off Trouble
What do celebrities Halle Berry, Joe Jonas, and Bret Michaels have in common? They all have diabetes and have learned to successfully manage it. One of the keys to their success is diabetic foot washing. Someone with this disease needs to be more diligent with the care they give their feet, and that starts with cleanliness.
Every day you should be cleaning your feet. Because of nerve damage, it is a good idea to check the water with your hand to make sure it is not too hot and won’t burn your skin. Using a mild soap, wash your feet thoroughly, making sure to get in between your toes and around your heels. When you are done, gently pat (don’t rub) your feet dry. It’s extremely important to make sure your feet are completely free of moisture between your toes; otherwise a fungal infection could arise.
After your feet are clean and dry it is recommended that you check them for abnormalities or wounds that neuropathy may prevent you from feeling. You can also apply a moisturizing foot cream, but before putting on shoes and socks make sure it is absorbed all the way into the skin. If you trim your nails, cut straight across and then file the sharp edges.
Taking care of your feet is important, but when you have diabetes it becomes vital. If you need advice or have a foot condition that needs tending to, Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison are here to help. At Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ the health of your feet is our top priority. Call 623-584-5556 to book an appointment or schedule one online.
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