Whether properly treated in its early stages or not, diabetes can contribute to diabetic foot pain often experienced as burning or tingling sensations. In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, Home Care Assistance of Centennial, CO, provides the following information on the importance of foot care for seniors with diabetes.
What If Diabetic Feet Are Neglected
Approximately 15 percent of adult diabetics with peripheral diabetic neuropathy (diabetic nerve damage) develop foot ulcers, and three percent often require amputation of one or more toes, a foot, or a part of the leg due to wounds that weren’t properly treated. If an ulcer develops, senior diabetics should avoid putting pressure on the wound as much as possible, which often means modifying daily routines and getting some extra assistance until the wound heals.
Spotting Early Signs of a Problem
Due to the loss of nerve fibers, some diabetics may not realize that they have blisters or sores on their feet. Daily self-exams and regular doctor exams can help spot early signs of foot problems. Feet should be checked for:
• Swelling and red spots
• Blisters and sores
• Small cuts or bruises
• Corns and callouses
Properly Caring for Diabetic Feet
While keeping blood sugar levels within the normal range will help maintain circulation and keep feet health, personal hygiene for feet should include:
• Washing feet daily with mild soap and warm water
• Drying feet thoroughly, including between toes
• Using lotion to keep feet smooth and soft
• Cutting toenails to the shape of the end of the toes
It’s also important for diabetic seniors to wear socks or shoes at all times, even around the house. Regular exercise or activity can also improve circulation. Diabetic nerve damage cannot be reversed, although over-the-counter and prescription medications may provide relief.
Learn more about senior health and wellness from Home Care Assistance of Centennial. We are known for our hourly and live-in care, but we also offer trusted stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia care in Centennial. Our caregivers are expertly trained, our Care Managers are available to clients and their families 24/7, and all of our care services are backed by a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Call 303.957.3100 today to and request a free in-home consultation.