It is very common to have foot complications when diagnosed with diabetes. Frequent associative conditions include nerve damage known as Diabetes Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN), and the other causes poor blood flow and circulation known as Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). When diabetic and there is an injury to the foot, perhaps my stepping on a sharp object or ingrown toenails, it is less likely to feel the cut or blister after which one can become more susceptible to severe infections. Because of the complexities of having diabetes, it can be
very difficult to heal.
Our diabetic foot care nurses and technicians work diligently with a preventative approach to care for your feet. They will provide education to your loved one or you the caregiver to decrease the incidence of injury and ensure safety. For your added convenience, our nurse and technicians will provide your assessment and foot care in the comfort of your own home.
Here are a few daily foot care tips that will promote healthy feet:
- Always wear well fitted, supportive shoes with comfortable space for the toes. Avoid wearing narrow toed shoes
- Wear sock at night if your feet get cold and for extra safety, wear socks that have rubber grips on the sole to prevent slips and falls.
- To assist with blood circulation, elevate your feet when sitting. Also when sitting, perform multiple ankle pumps or ankle circles. (Both feet at least 25 pumps, every 5-10 minutes).
- Incorporate daily exercise, it will also help with circulation
- Inspect your feet daily or ask for assistance. Use a mirror to check the bottom of your feet for cuts, blisters, colour changes or changes to the texture of the skin.