If you had asked any Diabetic 50 years ago one of their greatest fears about the disease the majority would have answered ” losing a foot or a leg.”
At that time this fear was often a reality. It could begin with a wound as simple as a blister that became infected and in the worse case scenario would progress to an amputation.
Amputations are less frequent now and this is due in large part to the emphasis on foot care and prevention.
There are several components of diabetic foot care:
1. On a daily basis look at your feet in a location with good lighting. Ask a family member to help if you cannot see. Use a mirror if necessary.
2. Look for dry areas/ cracks in the skin- blisters – changes in the color of the skin or swelling.
3. Wash your feet daily with warm not hot soap and water. Dry well – especially between the toes.
4. Examine your shoes daily. Shake them out in case something has fallen into them.
5. To soften dry feet and keep the skin from cracking use a mild cream or lotion EXCEPT between the toes.
6. If the feet sweat use a light foot powder. Wear socks that are mostly Cotten and change them when they become damp.
7. Cut toenails straight across and smooth the edges with an emery board,
8. Avoid “bathroom surgery” to remove corns or calluses. Do not use a harsh antiseptic-solution or a heating pad or hot water that could burn or injure the skin. See a Podiatrist or any foot problem.
9, Avoid going barefoot especially on hot pavements or sand.
10. Socks should be seamless and fit well to avoid blisters.
11. Wear shoes that are comfortable and well fitting. Avoid flip flops or thong sanders.
Shop for shoes in the afternoon and not in the morning.
12. Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Your feet up when sitting, do not cross your legs for long periods of time. Do not wear tight socks. Do not smoke. Smoking can lower the amount of blood flow to your feet.
13. Be sure to ask your health care team to: Check Your Feet at each visit. While waiting for your practioner take off your shoes and socks and ask them to check your feet. Have a baseline foot exam done with a monofilament and then done yearly.
In April at the Hampshire County Wellness Center there will be a Foot Care Clinic held in the Lobby. Foot exams will be done at this event.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE- The Hampshire County Diabetes Coalition is continuing to sponsor scholarships to the Next Steps for Diabetics program at the Wellness center. Ask for Chris there or call Pam Francis. At 304-813-6588.
May 16 2015 will be the annual Walk For Diabetes Awareness at the wellness center. Applications will be out soon and walkers can complete the course on the honor system prior to the walk and still receive a t-shirt and be eligible for door prizes.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH. Frozen Banana Shake with Strawberries and Tea
Makes 2 servings. Serving size – 1 cup. Freezing time – 2 hours. Preparation time – 10 minutes
Ingredients: 1 medium Banana – cut into 1 inch pieces
1 bag Decaffeinated black Tea
1/2 Cup Nonfat Milk
1 cup strawberries – stemmed, hulled and washed
1 tsp stevia-sugar blend
1. Add the Banana pieces to a large resealable plastic bag and freeze for 2 hours.
2. Place the tea bag in a large glass measuring cup. In a small saucepan heat the milk over medium heat until lightly boiling. Pour the milk over the tea bag and steep for 3 minutes. Remove the bag from the milk discard the bag. Allow the milk-tea mixture to cool completely.
3. Add the frozen bananas, cooled milk-tea mixture, strawberries and stevia-sugar lend to a blender and nun till smooth.
Per serving: Calories- 110. Fat. O Protein 3 gram. Choices: Fruit. 1.5
From Diabetes Forecast Magazine