Diabetic Foot Care Tips
Currently more than 346 million people have diabetes worldwide. This number is expected to dramatically increase in the next 20 years due to population aging, sedentary lifestyle and the dominance of obesity worldwide. Tight control of blood glucose levels, high blood pressure and cholesterol are essential to reduce the risk of diabetic complications.
With regular foot care several complications related to diabetes and the foot are preventable. Appropriate mechanical offloading with devices such as orthotics and orthopaedic footwear can minimize the risk of developing ulcerations and subsequent infections. Regular nail care will reduce the risk of infected, ingrown nails and regular callus/corn reduction will reduce the risk of tissue breakdown.
Steps for Healthy Feet
- Control and monitor your blood glucose levels
- Quit Smoking
- Exercise regularly, as directed by your physician
- Wear supportive shoes at all times
- Dry well between your toes after a shower or bath
- Look at your feet daily for signs of redness, blisters or infection
- Have a Chiropodist check your feet and provide care routinely
Additional resources can be found at:
Canadian Association of Wound Care at: http://cawc.net/
Canadian Diabetes Association at: http://www.diabetes.ca/
For additional information, or to book an appointment please contact The Milton Foot & Orthotic Clinic at 905-878-0800 or via our contact page at www.miltonfootclinic.com