Daily care can help to avoid diabetic foot complications. People with diabetes are 10 times more likely to have a lower limb amputated than people without diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. This common disease can cause poor blood circulation and nerve damage in the feet, making them vulnerable to developing ulcers, infections, deformities and brittle bones.
The ACFAS consumer Web site FootHealthFacts.org provides these foot care tips for people with diabetes:
- Inspect feet daily for injuries that could lead to dangerous ulcers.
- Gently wash feet in lukewarm (not hot!) water.
- Moisturize feet, avoiding the area between the toes.
- Never trim corns or calluses; this can lead to serious infections.
- Inspect the inside of shoes before wearing.
People with diabetes must always be vigilant, and see a foot and ankle surgeon at the first sign of trouble. Early treatment can keep diabetic foot problems from progressing, and reduce the risk of amputations.
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