Durham Diabetic Foot Care Specialists
For every 1 out of 5 seniors who have been diagnosed with diabetes, they will seek care from a hospital for a foot related issue. This can be attributed to prolonged periods of high blood sugar levels that may occur, which can affect the circulation and sensation in your feet. Diabetes and foot care can be a challenging combination because diabetics are less likely to feel their feet due to nerve damage. This can be an ongoing issue because their feet are slower to heal as they have reduced blood flow to them. Don’t let your diabetic foot problems become an emergency room issue. Discover diabetic foot care in Durham and receive professional treatment from iCare Home Health.
How Should Diabetic Feet Be Cared For?
Seniors and diabetics both need to start a good foot care routine to protect their overall health. Feet issues can quickly reduce your quality of life and endanger your health if they are not cared for.
Here are a few tips to take preventative measures:
- Daily cleaning routine: Feet should be gently cleaned with soap and water every day. Elderly and diabetic skin can be fragile, so avoid rub-dry, just pat. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer, but don’t put it between your toes.
- Inspect Daily: Your second step should be to inspect your feet for any issues. If you can’t reach or see your feet, have anurse do this for you. Look for cuts, scratches, blisters, sores, redness, or swelling. Gently feel your feet and note if you feel pain. Diabetics may not feel pain even when their foot is injured.
- Get expert help: Diabetics should get a professional’s care if they discover their feet are injured. As you may not feel the pain, you may not be as gentle on your foot as you should. Further, quick action is required to prevent infections in diabetic patients.
- Trim toenails: Lastly, trim your toenails in a straight line. A nurse can help with this if you can’t reach.
Get Help with Your Foot Care Routine
You don’t have to handle diabetes and foot care alone. You can get expert diabetic foot care in Durham from iCare Home Health and Shepherd Village. Our foot care services include:
- Nurse Services: A nurse can discover and treat a huge range of foot issues. Rely on our expert for careful nail cutting, callus removal, corn treatment and orthotics fitting. Whether or not you have diabetes, iCare Home Health nurses can help.