Your lifestyle doesn’t have to suffer while managing diabetes. Preventative care is the best way to keep fit and stay mobile. Taking good care of your feet can avoid problems before they start!
Unfortunately, for many people with diabetes, having too much glucose (sugar) in their blood for a long time can cause some serious complications, including foot problems.
Use the following tips to reduce your risk of common foot problems and serious complications associated with them.
Prevention Tip #1
Living with diabetes requires you to pay special attention to your health and your condition. Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding diet, exercise, and medication. Keeping your blood sugar (glucose) levels within the recommended range is one of the best things you can do to control your condition and protect your feet.
Prevention Tip #2
Carefully inspect your feet daily for redness, blisters, sores, calluses, and other signs of irritation. Daily foot checks are especially important if you have inadequate blood flow.
Prevention Tip #3
Follow these foot care tips to properly care for your feet:
- Wash your feet daily with non-irritating soap and warm water.
- Avoid soaking your feet.
- Dry your feet completely after bathing, paying special attention to the areas
between the toes.
Ask your doctor which lotion is best for your skin type and health condition.
Prevention Tip #4
After bathing, use a pumice stone or emery board to smooth hardened areas of the feet that contain corns and calluses. Working in one direction is most effective. Consult your doctor on the proper way to use a pumice or emery board.
Prevention Tip #5
Use the following toenail care tips to help prevent ingrown toenails.
- Once a week, examine your toenails.
- Trim toenails straight across using a nail clipper.
- Avoid rounding or trimming down the sides of toenails.
- Smooth rough nail edges with an emery board after clipping.
- Consult your doctor for the proper way to care for your toenails.
Prevention Tip #6
Proper footwear, socks, and stockings can go a long way to help protect your feet. Follow these tips:
- Choose well-fitting socks and stockings that contain soft elastic.
- Wear socks to bed if your feet get chilly.
- Avoid walking barefoot, even at home.
- Wear properly fitting shoes.
- Choose shoes made of soft materials.
- Protect your feet by always wearing closed-toed shoes.
If you need roomier shoes due to bunions or other deformities, extra wide shoes are available online and in specialty stores.
Prevention Tip #7
Follow these tips to keep blood flowing to your feet:
- If you can, prop your feet up when sitting down
- Wiggle your toes frequently.
- Take frequent breaks to flex and point your toes and circle your feet in both directions.
- Avoid crossing your legs, especially for long periods.
Prevention Tip #8
Avoid smoking and if you do smoke, quit. Smoking aggravates blood flow problems.
Prevention Tip #9
People who have diabetes should see a foot doctor (podiatrist) every 2 to 3 months, even when not experiencing foot problems. At each check-up, ask the doctor to thoroughly examine your feet. An annual foot exam should include:
- An examination of the tops and bottoms of the feet and in between the toes
- An assessment of skin warmth and redness.
- An assessment of pulses in the feet and temperature of the feet
- An assessment of sensation using a monofilament tool
When should I contact my doctor?
Contact your doctor if you notice any of the following with your feet:
- Changes in skin color or temperature
- Foot or ankle swelling
- The appearance of corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, infected toenails, or dry,
- Leg pain
- Foul-smelling, persistent, or unusual foot odor
- Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus
- Oozing, open sores that appear to be draining and/or are slow to heal
Now, let’s talk about some of the great features of our Therapeutic/Orthotic footwear found at www.dtfootwear.com:
Remember, therapeutic/orthotic shoe, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style.
Let me mention a few reasons why we are growing so fast in the internet world and how we are helping those millions of people out there that need offloading or create less wear and tear to their feet.
We at www.dtfootwear.com will offer up to 3 sets of Heat Moldable Customized Inserts to you when you purchase a pair of shoes from us (FREE), and this is up to a $240.00 gift to you from us. Remember, if the bottom of your feet hurt – you lacking the in proper support in the foundation of your footwear. Then these Heat Moldable Customized Inserts are mandatory that you start using them.
Let’s break down each word ( Heat Moldable Customized Insert) for a better understanding:
Heat: means that they generate a 2 percent rise in the planter of your foot (bottom) and this in turns helps create better circulation to your feet, legs, knees, lower back and beyond. If you have edema or swelling you need these 3 sets of inserts that you change every four months, so you have a year supply from us and again FREE.
Moldable: means that our inserts will mold (100 percent) to every part of the plantar of your feet (bottom) and creates that perfect fit, support, balance, and comfort to your feet over a short period of wearing time.
Customized: means our inserts will fit you, in a short wearing period. As a simple molding procedure (that means each time you wear the insert it will form to every bottom position of your foot) and will offload and create maximum support to all necessary areas.
We carry sizes from 4A to 14E widths for Men and Women. Try to find all those sizes under one website- “UNHEARD OF”! But Yes, we do provide 9E 10E and 14E widths for Men and Women. Yes, we carry 4A (Slender eight styles) and 2A (Narrow 42 styles) for Ladies and B (Narrow 5 styles) for Men as well. So to repeat this (this is how vital these widths are to our site) that is available: Slender’s, Narrow’s to Extra Extra Extra Wide Widths (7E 9E 10E 14E) for Ladies. Narrow’s to Extra Extra Extra Wide (9E 10E 14E)Widths for Men.
We have styles in Men’s 5 to 6 (in length), and those are hard to find sizes.
We have extended bottoms for the protection of your plantar (bottom) of your feet, and there is no more hang-over, of your feet, dealing with our footwear.
We carry lengths up to a 20 for Men and 15 in Women’s.
Most of our styles are perfect for diabetics as well, but you don’t have to be a diabetic to fall in love with our footwear and inserts. 80 percent of our customers are individuals that need that added support (because their current shoe is lacking support and comfort and is very disappointing to them). They need the feeling of maximum support/comfort and the additional sense of “walking on a pillow” all day long (this pillow concept is from dealing with our unbelievable insert program) with their new footwear.
Again, receive 1 to 3 sets of Heat Moldable Customized Inserts (value up to $240) all for FREE – YES FREE!! Once you start wearing these inserts, you never go back to the conventional form of support. Most shoes and that is athletic, or comfort footwear provides poor supporting foot supplements or inserts.
We teach you how to measure your feet correctly and how our feet change, over the years, is astonishing – you don’t alone! Please if you are wearing an inside brace, let us know. If your shoes been too uncomfortable or tight over the past few months or years – you need to update your size and width information and this “inch program” is very easy to do at home. I wish you could be in our shoes and witness how many (especially Man) that been misfitting themselves over a significant period. YOU NEEED WIGGLE ROOM IN YOUR SHOES!
Still, more advantages that have helped us grow but I don’t want to put you to sleep!
“I HOPE YOU JOIN OUR TEAM!!”
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