8 Proactive Measures To Prevent Diabetic Foot Complications

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Prevent Diabetic Foot Complications With These 8 Proactive Measures

Hello, it’s Dr. Bill Releford from The Releford Foot and Ankle Institute “Where amputation is not the only answer”. Today we are talking about 8 PROACTIVE MEASURES TO PREVENT DIABETIC FOOT COMPLICATIONS:

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Nail cutting. If you have any nail problems, hard nails or reduced feeling in your feet, your toenails should be properly trimmed.
    • No “bathroom surgery.” Never trim calluses or corns yourself, and do not use over-the-counter medicated pads.
    • Keep floors free of sharp objects. Make sure no needles, insulin syringes or other sharp objects are on the floor.
    • Do not go barefoot. Wear shoes, indoors and outdoors.
    • Check shoes and socks. Shake out your shoes before putting them on. Make sure your socks are not bunched up.
  • 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.

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