Wellness Tip: Foot Care for Diabetics

Wellness Tip of the Week; Do you have Diabetes?  Pay particular attention to your feet! by Katheryn Howell, Director, Wesley Homes Community Health Services Why is foot care important? Over time, diabetes can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. When you lose feeling in your feet, you may not feel a pebble inside your sock or a blister on your foot, which can lead to cuts and sores. Diabetes also can lower the amount of blood flow in your feet. Numbness and less blood flow in the feet can lead to foot problems. Foot care is very important for all people with diabetes, but even more so if you have: pain or loss of feeling in your feet (numbness, tingling) changes in the shape of your feet or toes sores, cuts, or ulcers on your feet that do not heal Call your doctor right away if a cut, blister, or bruise on your foot does not begin to heal after a few days. Share your plan with your doctor and health care team here at Wesley Homes and get our help when you need it! Download a booklet for people with diabetes;  Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime http://www.ndep.nih.gov/media/NDEP4_TakeCareOfFeet_4c_508.pdf