Sandal season is here. For people with diabetes, the summer months require extra diligence in order to maintain foot health. Proper foot care may reduce and help prevent foot-related complications, such as diabetic neuropathy, decreased blood flow, and nerve damage. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 15 percent of diabetic patients will develop a foot ulcer during their lifetime. More than half of all foot ulcers will become infected, requiring hospitalization and one in five will require an amputation.
Tips To Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers
- Maintain good blood sugar control.
- Inspect your feet daily.
Thoroughly examine both feet. Be on the lookout for any calluses, blisters, cuts or signs of infection such as redness or swelling. See your doctor or a podiatrist if you have any concerns.
- Keep your feet clean and moisturized.
Wash and thoroughly dry your feet every day. Also, it's important to avoid dry skin to prevent calluses and skin cracks. Use lotion on the top and bottom of the feet but not between the toes, where it could create a moist environment for fungus to grow.
For children, participation in sports has been shown to promote healthy physical, mental and social development. To support the health and safety of young athletes, Lake Health will be offering Preparticipation Physical Evaluations (PPE) on June 18 and July 23.
Required by most schools, the PPE is the definitive guide for physicians and other health professionals who assess athletes before training or competition. At these screenings, Lake Health sports medicine experts will evaluate the student athlete’s general health, current fitness level and discuss any existing injuries or conditions that might increase the risk of injury. The evaluation covers issues that could place athletes at risk during practice or competition such as head injuries, heart and lung problems, heat exhaustion, hydration and overuse.