World Diabetes Day 2021 takes place on Sunday, Nov. 14, and it’s a timely reminder for Diabetes awareness. One topic at iCare Home Health that we continue to raise awareness about is Diabetic foot care. This topic cannot be over-emphasized because even the smallest cut or scrape on your feet can lead to more serious issues down the road — if they’re not addressed.
Here is some helpful information about the importance of foot care for individuals with Diabetes, whether it be yourself, a family member, or a close friend in your life.
Why Is Diabetic Foot Care Important?
Foot care is important when it comes to health and hygiene for everyone. However, individuals with diabetes need to take extra precautions. This is because Diabetes can affect a person’s circulation and immune system. In turn, this can affect the body’s ability to heal. Something as tiny as a blister, which may seem like a small concern, can lead to bigger issues down the road if it goes unnoticed and untreated.
How to Manage Diabetes and Foot Care?
One of the key ways to stay on top of foot care is with daily inspections. If you or a loved one has less feeling in the feet, inspections can help you become aware of any issues early on.
Keep an eye out for cuts and scrapes, corns, and blisters. Ingrown nails and calluses are also items to watch out for. For assessment and treatment of these issues, be sure to consult a professional. In addition, keep an eye out for signs of redness and swelling.
On top of inspections, a daily cleaning routine is essential. Be sure to wash feet with soap and water every day and gently pat them dry, paying special attention between the toes. Moisturizer can help with dry skin if needed while avoiding the area between your toes.
Looking for Support for Diabetic Foot Care and Foot Care for Seniors?
If you or a loved one needs support with foot care for seniors or Diabetics, professional help is available.
At iCare Home Health in Oakville, ON, we offer foot care in client homes through our Nurse at Home program. Our qualified, licensed therapists can help improve comfort and the general health of your feet or a loved one’s feet with advanced foot care treatments at home.
You are also welcome to book an appointment at one of our clinic locations in Pickering, ON, and Oshawa. Our services include assessment, nail clipping, preventative care, and treatment for ingrown or thickened nails, along with corns and calluses.
For more information on our range of services, reach out to our team in Oakville, ON.