Basic Procedures in Caring for a Diabetic Foot
Ron Santo was the best third baseman for the Chicago Cubs. He just passed away this month and Chicago and everybody else will miss this man. He was the radio announcer for the Cubs until his death. A story I learned last year is that he lost both of his feet to diabetes and was diagnosed as a diabetic when he was 18 years old. It was said that the lack of caring for his disease, at a young age; contributed to the loss of his feet.
Here are some steps to follow to help prevent problems if you have diabetes:
• Inspect your feet at least daily, preferably twice a day
• Keep your feet clean and dry
• Take extra care when drying your feet and toes after showering. Pay special attention to the spaces between the toes
• Be sure to exercise
• Always protect your feet and legs. Never walk barefoot. Avoid hot water bottles and heating pads.
• Do not overexpose skin to the sun
• Use moisturizing cream or lotion daily if your skin is dry. Do not apply between the toes
• Cut your toenails straight across. Do not cut into the corners. If you are unable to reach have someone else do the cutting for you
• Never use knives, scissors or razor blades to remove a corn/wart
• Always look for redness, blisters, scratches, crack between the toes or on skin surface. Discoloration or any changes are warning signs
• Change your shoes and socks daily. Make sure that you’re using “Shoes for Diabetic” and proper heat moldable plastazote inserts and diabetic socks
We have the best athletic, casual, and fashionable men’s and women’s walking styles in the Therapeutic/Comfort line of shoes in the country. We have the lengths and the hard-to-find widths. And we’re proud of our designs and construction in the world of “Women’s Wide Shoes.” Anyone who requires a proper fitting width must understand that the shoes must have an extension on the sole to properly contain the foot without the foot hanging over the shoe. What that means is every width (in a higher percentage of our shoes) will be two times wider at the outsole of the shoe. For example, if you require a 6E width, we’ll have an 8E bottom for the base of that width. Therefore, no overhang of your feet and a perfect base to provide all the necessary support and balance.
A comfort shoe is not always a therapeutic shoe. And also keep in mind that a comfort shoe often has very little midsection support. The lack of midsection support allows the feet to move forward and laterally at the same time. These combined movements will increase stress to your feet. Please view all our styles by going to our site www.dtfoowear.com
We, at DTF, have a deep concern for diabetics and their need for properly fitted footwear. We can provide “wide widths” – 4A to 14E – in both men’s and women’s footwear, and we can help those who have difficulty finding “over sizes” – 11 to 17 in length. We, also, can provide footwear in “under sizes” – 4 to 6 in length. In addition to being capable of providing these wide widths in fashionable styles of Therapeutic/Comfort footwear; we are offering a FREE GIFT to you! With every pair of shoes purchased, we will include up to (3) sets of Customized Heat Moldable Inserts that will provide even more support, added balance and stability every time you wear your shoes.
I hope that this blog has provided you with enough information to help you understand how we can help you. In conclusion, if you are having problems with your feet please do not hesitate to call me on my cell phone 909-215-1622. I am often on the phone or in a meeting, so please leave a message and I will return your call at my earliest opportunity!
We have a saying, in our company, “try us and you’ll have the experience of walking on a Pillow, all day long, with more added support and more room and balance than you have ever had before with any of your shoes.” Guaranteed!