Diabetes can cause decreased sensation and circulation of the feet. It is not uncommon for injuries to go unnoticed and eventually become infected. Studies have shown that 85% of lower extremity amputations were caused by a diabetic foot ulcer. This risk may be greatly reduced if the following Diabetic Foot Care Tips are considered.
Check feet daily for cuts, bruises, & sores
Wash and dry your feet thoroughly
Apply a good skin lotion daily
Wear proper fitting shoes
See your doctor and foot care specialist regularly.
Soak your feet
Walk bare feet inside or outside
Sit for long periods of time
Wear tight fitting shoes
**NOVEMBER- DIABETES AWARENESS MONTH!
"11 Million Canadians are Living with Diabetes or Pre-diabetes" (Diabetes Canada, 2013). Understand the risk factors and take charge with healthy lifestyle choices. Click here to take the test