April is National Foot Health Awareness Month! It’s important to maintain healthy feet to live a healthy lifestyle. It is estimated that 85% of lower limb amputations are caused by a foot ulcer, so it is important to watch out for signs that could lead to a foot ulcer. Podiatrists recommend checking your feet and toes once a day to look for any troubling indifferences.
Wear appropriate socks and shoes
Making sure that you are wearing shoes and socks that are the right size for you is simple but important. If your shoes or socks are too small they can cause irritation and rub against your feet, causing calluses or loss of blood flow. Wearing athletic socks and shoes when exercising will give your feet the ability to breath from sweating. If you remain in sweaty socks and shoes for too long it could allow the growth of fungus.
Staying active and exercising can have great health benefits for your feet. However, too much exercise and not enough rest can put a lot of strain on your feet. It is important to make sure that you give time for your feet to rest up and heal (no pun intended).
Proper hygiene is the biggest key to maintaining healthy feet. Cleaning and washing them in the shower, including in between the toes and the bottom of the foot will make sure they are clean and healthy. Other tactics like using sunscreen to avoid sunburn, applying lotion after a shower to keep them moisturized, and allowing them to dry off properly by getting air all help as well.
Diabetes patients are most at risk for foot injuries that could lead to potential amputation. It is estimated that 85% of lower limb amputations are preceded by a foot ulcer and 25% of all diabetics will develop a foot ulcer at some point in their lifetime. Many diabetics suffer from diabetic neuropathy, which is a condition that impairs one’s ability to detect pain or injury to the foot. Because of this, small injuries to the foot could go unnoticed and could quickly lead to major concerns. In fact, the number of amputations caused by diabetes increased by 24% from 1988 to 2009.
Prosthetic and Orthotic Solutions offers therapeutic shoes and foot orthotics for a variety of reasons. Whether patients have a vascular condition, swelling due to diabetes, or need help offloading pain, our expert team will help develop a strategy to offer relief.