Episode 3: Diabetic Foot Care
The importance of diabetic foot care and some Do’s & Don’ts.
Washing your feet with warm or tepid water and soap every day keeps them clean and gives you a good chance to do that daily inspection.
Applying a moisturizing lotion to your feet once or twice a day can also help keep your skin healthy and moist.
Even with the best foot care, it would be hard to go through life without developing a callus or corn on your feet.
The drugstore is a good place to pick up two first-aid essentials: antibiotic ointment and adhesive bandages (such as Band-Aids). If you see no appreciable improvement within 24 hours, call your doctor immediately.
For many people, the regular toenail trimmers or clippers sold at the drugstore are safe for home use. Toenails should be cut straight across or following the natural curve of the toe.
You can do a lot to keep your feet healthy. In addition to protecting the skin on your feet by making smart drugstore purchases, you can extend their life by maintaining blood glucose control, following a heart-healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and wearing properly fitted diabetic shoes.