November is National Diabetes Month. As we come to the end of the month, I think it is important to have a quick discussion regarding diabetes and the feet. Problems with the feet are very common, but diabetics have a higher likelihood of complications, especially if blood flow and sensation has been affected. A concerning complication of diabetes is limb loss. This is a real concern being that 50-70% of all non-traumatic amputations in the US are performed on diabetics. However, there are steps that can be taken to prevent this from occurring.
- Do NOT walk barefoot.
- Wear properly fitting shoes and break them in slowly to prevent blisters/sores.
- Always thoroughly dry your feet, especially between the toes.
- Do not pull loose pieces of skin off.
- Wear clean socks daily and throw them away when they get old.
- Keep toenails trimmed, but visit your podiatrist for evaluation and trimming as to avoid any problems.
- Do NOT attempt to trim/cut your corns and calluses on your own. Avoid commercial wart/corn removers as they may be dangerous with the chemicals included.
- Avoid smoking. This further constricts and negatively impacts blood flow to the feet.
- Avoid extreme heat or cold as diabetics are not as sensitive to the temperatures and this can be dangerous.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, examine your feet daily, including between your toes. If you cannot do it yourself, have someone help you. Always call your podiatrist immediately with anything concerning, especially openings in the skin, EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO PAIN.
If you have any questions regarding diabetes or would like to make an appointment with the office for a Diabetic Foot Check, please do not hesitate to call. Call Gentle Touch Foot Care at 973-673-3668 to make your appointment today!
After a long day of work or hours of homeschooling, gathering in the kitchen is a great way to end the day. Dinner time is an opportunity to talk about the day, plan for the next one, and enjoy quality conversation. During this time of social distancing, if you’re home with family, take advantage of this time. Before you sit down for a meal, here are a few ways to get the family involved. Gentle Touch Footcare has a few tips to share.
Pick a color
Fruits and vegetables are not only delicious additions to a meal but also healthy food items. Choose two or three different colors each week and pick fruits or vegetables to match. For red, think tomatoes. Yellow could be a banana. Use this opportunity to show your children a variety of fruits and vegetables. Hopefully, they will see the fun in choosing healthy meals.
Start with water
Other beverages can certainly add to a meal but start with water to stay hydrated. Throughout the day, be sure to include other healthy choices like milk and avoid sugary drinks. While in the house, it can be difficult to stay hydrated. It’s fine to have coffee or other beverages, but your body still needs water.
Cleaning up may be the last thing on your mind after a delicious meal. One way to include exercise is to turn on some music and get moving. Break up the cleaning responsibilities so that it becomes a team effort. Sweep the floor, clear the table, wash the dishes — just keep moving. If your workout time has been altered, use household activities to add movement to your new routine.
If you get moving too fast or experience an injury, please let us know. Our office will be closed until May 1, 2020, but please give us a call with any questions. We will periodically check messages and return calls. Bruce Theall, DPM looks forward to serving you soon. Call us today at 973-673-3668. Our office is located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018.
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