Every day, 250 adults lose a leg to diabetes. 70% of those amputations could have been easily prevented. Both diabetes and peripheral diabetes put your feet at risk because they reduce blood flow to the feet.
Take a Seat & Check Those Feet
Check the top and bottom of your feet. Check your toes and btween your toes. Check your toenails. Look, feel, and inspect. We are looking for:
Bumps, Lumps and Blisters
Cuts, sores, or cracked skin. Even small or tiny wounds can and will become infected
Patches of thin or shiny skin that exhibit redness will become troublesome
Temperature differences across your foot, if it feels hot something is wrong
Pain, Tingling, numbeness, or loss of feeling are all problems that a doctor should investigate
Loss of hair is also a sign of things to come and a doctor should investigate this as well
Properly fitting footwear is crucial to make sure your feet stay healthy and wound free. Diabetic shoes and inserts are designed specifically to help prevent wounds, sores, callusing, and blisters from forming. The diabetic inserts, whether heat molded or custom made, evenly distribute the patient's weight over the plantar aspect of the foot evenly lessening pressure points. Diabetic shoes are designed to allow for ample toe room preventing wounds as well. Together these two items combat diabetic amputation. Speak with your podiatrist or local orthotist about your insurance companies diabetic shoe policy. Generally diabetics are eligible for 1 pair of diabetic shoes and inserts once per year.