Diabetics have many health factors to consider, of which foot care is near the top of the list. If your senior relative is diabetic, it is important to ensure that he or she gets proper care to promote optimal health. An in-home care provider can monitor your loved one to ensure that all aspects of their health, including their foot care, is taken care of on a daily basis.
The Steps to Successful Foot Care
- Proper Care – It is important to avoid the presence of cracks in a diabetic’s feet because this can increase the risk of infection. On a daily basis, feet should be washed, dried and lotion should be applied to avoid cracking or splitting.
- Take Care of Cuts – If there are any cuts, cracks or other injuries, they should be properly cared for right away. If your loved one is unable to inspect their own feet or take care of the cuts or other injuries, they should seek help from a medical professional right away to avoid the risk of infection. Any sign of redness, swelling or hot areas on the foot should also be brought to a doctor’s attention right away.
- Avoid Ingrown Toenails – If your loved one cannot handle their own foot care, including cutting their toenails, they should seek assistance as soon as possible. Improperly cut toenails can lead to ingrown toenails which could turn into an infection.
- Wear Proper Footwear – The type of footwear that a diabetic wears is very important. Supportive shoes and soft socks should be worn at all times. The socks should not be too restrictive, yet should provide adequate support to the foot and leg.
Following these few simple steps can help keep your senior relative’s feet in good condition, eliminating the serious risk of amputation that diabetes carries.