The Diabetic Companion on Neuropathy Primer - Part 7b Management of Neuropathy on Daily Foot Care
Management of neuropathy takes many forms. We have covered four issues on this. Eat healthy, exercise, stop prolonged pressure and avoid things that can cause damage to the nerves. We now come to the fifth facet of this long and winding road.
5. Daily Foot CareCheck the feet every day for signs of blisters, cuts, sores, redness, swelling, sore toenails and calluses. Call the doctor if some sores do not heal after one day. Make this a part of your every day routine. If you cannot bend to check the feet, use a mirror or ask a member of the family to help you. This is a most important part of the management of neuropathy.
Wash your feet every day with warm water. Check the water first with your elbow or the thermometer. Do not soak the feet as the skin may get too dry. Dry them well including the area between the toes. Use talcum powder to keep the skin dry. Apply lotion or cream on top and bottom of feet but not between the toes.
Wear socks and shoes all the time, even indoors as you never know what you may step on. Protect feet at all times keeping them away from heating pads and hot water bottles. Wearing tight socks and shoes can make the tingling and pain worse and can stop the blood from flowing to the feet. In addition, this may lead to wounds that would not heal.
It is wise to wear soft padded shoes and loose cotton socks. If the feet are sensitive or hot, use a semi-circular hoop to keep the bed clothes away from the feet. You can get this from any medical supply store. Make sure your health care provider gives you a complete foot exam once a year. Ask the doctor to check the pulses and feelings on your feet and to tell you right away if you have foot problems. Ask him to give you tips on foot care and to recommend a local podiatrist.
Not all diabetics need diabetic shoes or diabetic socks except if the podiatrist says you need them. You just need a pair of good fitting protective shoes and socks without seams that fit comfortably and not tightly, to prevent and reduce friction. It is the same thing with diabetic cream. Wait till the podiatrist, with experience and training on diabetic foot care, tells you what you need. When the podiatrist does say you need them, here is a selection of Diabetic Shoes you can check out.
Make sure you’re wearing the right shoes. Go to a reputable athletic shoe store and buy good quality walking shoes. Tell the sales person the type of surface you’ll be walking on. Make sure the shoe hugs the heel and has firm arch support. Give it a twist test; if you can’t twist the sole side to side, then it’s too stiff. Break them in around the house before venturing out because you don’t want to have blisters while far away from home.
If something is wrong with your feet, fix them. There are many ways to pamper your feet by smoothing out cracked skin and soothing dry heels. A spa has special massages, soaks and scrubs. You will feel better knowing that inside your socks are glorious-looking feet. Although this is not a crucial part of the management of neuropathy, still it is good to feel good about the feet.
Since this is getting too long, we will cover the rest of the daily foot care in the next page. You have most of the basic on this page but there are other things you may want to consider. This is how extensive this topic is on the management of neuropathy.
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