Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

People with diabetes are at high risk for foot problems and lower extremity amputations. In order to lower your risk for foot problems, it is important for diabetics to care for their feet. Here are a few simple tips from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons which will keep your feet in tip-top shape, despite your diabetes.
  • Wash your feet daily with soap and water. Dry them carefully after washing.
  • Apply a rich moisturizer, avoiding the spaces in between your toes.
  • Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
  • Avoid antiseptics, sharp tools and using heating pads on your feet.
  • Prevent circulatory problems by quitting smoking.
  • Avoid sitting with your legs crossed.