For a person with diabetes, a minor foot wound can quickly turn into a bigger problem. Possible nerve damage, a weakened immune system and restricted blood flow can make it difficult for wounds to heal. Even minor wounds cannot be ignored and should be treated immediately. The best defense against difficult to heal foot wounds for a diabetic is proper foot care. Here are a few precautions to keep feet healthy:
- Keep feet clean and dry.
- Inspect feet thoroughly each day.
- Wear properly fitted footwear and avoid walking around in bare feet.
- If foot ulcers occur, remove whatever pressure there is on the foot and use proper wound dressings.
Remember that for a diabetic, any foot wound requires the attention of a physician. A well trained in-home caregiver, such as the caregivers at Occazio Home Care, can also help with preventative foot care and recognizing potential foot issues. For more information on how in-home care services can benefit diabetics, contact us at 1.855.OCCAZIO (1.855.622.2946). Occazio Home Care provides home care services throughout the East Central Indiana region.