Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Diabetics--watch out for those tootsies

Barbara Sadick, WSJ, says one big cost of the already costly incidence of diabetes is foot care.

Almost 8% of Americans have the disease. It can cause nerve damage in the feet, which can lead to sores that don't close.

Daily inspection and cleansing of feet can prevent foot ulcers--or help prevent them.

Blisters, calluses, bunions, stepping on sharp objects can go unnoticed.

Diabetics should look over their feet every day for dings, then wash them in mild to tepid water, dry them thoroughly and apply lotion.

Never go barefoot.

Never wear shoes without socks.

Get shoes with a toe box that does not squeeze toes.

Get regular trips to the doctor to cut nails.

I know someone with "problem feet." No picnic.

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