Tips for Older Diabetics to Prevent Foot Amputation

Senior citizens with diabetes have an alarmingly high occurence of foot amputation.

Take steps to prevent this now, with sensible tips every member of the family should know.  A healthier senior is happier, as is the rest of the family.

  1. Keep blood sugar levels within normal.  This will help prevent diabetic neuropathy.
  2. Keep circulation to the feet optimal:  don't cross your legs, wear properly-fitting socks and shoes.
  3. Keep skin intact: inspect feet daily for breakdowns, wounds, reddened areas.  Get treatment as needed; don't delay.
  4. Keep the rest of yourself healthy: monitor cholesterol, blood pressure, etc.
  5. Keep active.  Activity not only improves circulation, it nourishes the soul.

Proper foot care for diabetics is especially important. Because of nerve damage caused by diabetes (diabetic neuropathy), people with diabetes can wind up with dangerous sores that do not heal. Without proper diabetes foot care, ...

It is substantial the there is a end liaison between the podiatrist, diabetologist, orthotist, nurse, dietitian and surgeon in the service of the diabetic foot. The diabetic clinic is the optimal forum for presently approach.

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Preventing foot amputation with diabetic seniors benefits the entire family.  These tips are common sense, but sometimes just the act of repeating them reminds us all how simple, yet important they are.