As a Diabetic, Are You Taking Care of Your Feet This Winter?
Wintertime: Baby, it's cold outside!
And this cold weather is not doing your skin any favors. Chapped lips and hands are all expected, but does anyone think of our feet? If you are diabetic, your feet should be a major concern, especially if you are prone to slow-healing wounds.
The American Diabetes Association recommends you check your feet daily. But what should you check them for?
-Any cuts, scratches, cracked skin or cracked calluses
-Red skin that is itchy or irritated looking
-Bruises that will not heal
Your healthcare provider can trim your nails, remove any corns or calluses that are painful, and recommend if you need support hose or socks.
You will need to take responsibility for making sure you discuss any problems with your doctor though, and doing your daily exams. If you wait until an ingrown toenail becomes infected, you run the risk of surgery, or worse, amputation. So don't go down that dreadful path!
Finnegan Medical Supply has some products that make living with diabetes easier.
This Telescopic Foot Examination Mirror makes foot exams easy from a sitting position. It is really an invaluable tool.
We also have Kerasal® Exfoliating Moisturizing Foot Ointment that can moisturize even the toughest and driest feet, which you can follow with a pair of Salk Diabetic Socks with Holofiber® are proven to increase blood flow.
Each of these products help you live your best life when you have diabetes and can easily become part of your day or night-time routines.