As we continue into 2017, let’s put our best foot (or feet) forward in with some basic footcare tips. While footcare may not have been at the top of your “New Year New You” priorities, it still shouldn’t be forgotten. Below are a few basic tips for helping your feet stay healthy in 2017!
Most people without diabetes don’t realize that the nerve and blood vessel damage caused by the disease can become a major problem for their feet. This happens when peripheral neuropathy (which occurs in about 70 percent of people with diabetes) develops and feeling is lost in the extremities.
To ensure the best possible foot health, follow these 9 easy tips to avoid injury, and your feet will be healthy longer.
It’s no mystery, that in addition to diabetes, being overweight can lead to a host of health problems. Being overweight is known to contribute to everything from high blood pressure and heart disease to arthritis, gallstones, and sleep apnea. So, it should come as no surprise to hear that being overweight has a serious impact on the overall health of your feet.
In 2010, about 73,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations were performed on adults aged 20 years or older with diagnosed diabetes. In addition, about 60% of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations among people aged 20 years or older occur in people diagnosed with diabetes.
Experts say that, with good healthcare and support, four out of five amputations could be prevented. Eighty percent of amputations begin as foot ulcers, which are largely avoidable and far more treatable if found early. It is particularly important that if anyone with diabetes has a foot infection or new ulcer, they get urgent attention from a team of specialists. Evidence shows that the longer the delay before seeing a specialist, the more likely it is that foot ulcers will be severe and slow to heal, leading to a greater risk of amputation.
Even the most health-conscious people can tend to neglect their feet. It’s easy to do until you start to feel discomfort, which almost everyone will at some point in their life.
Aside from wearing shoes that provide proper support and cushioning from healthy footwear brands such as Anodyne (shameless plus), exercising is a great way to maintain your foot fitness.
"Shin splints” is a general term for a condition caused by inflammation to the anterior or posterior muscles and tendons in the lower leg, or adjacent soft tissue along the shin bone. In almost all cases, this is quite painful and does not heal quickly. Below are a few quick things to keep in mind while exercising, in order to take a proactive approach against shin splints.
As the seasons change, most of us are exposed to extreme temperatures of one variety or another. Whether you're sweating or shivering, you should always take precautions to avoid temperature-related blood sugar spikes.
When temperatures start to get out of control, so can your blood sugar. Both hot and cold weather extremes can affect your testing equipment and your medications, and have a negative impact on your body’s ability to produce and use insulin.
Do you wear high heels? If so, the stretches below are mandatory on a daily basis. Your feet and body will thank you later.
- Instrinsic Muscles Stretch
Prevents: Hammer toes, bunions, neuromas, and stress fractures.
Slip the fingers of your opposite hand in between your toes, as if you were to “shake hands” with your foot. Use fingers 2-5 to do this and leave your thumb out. By just holding your toes in this position, you will be stretching the muscles in between the long bones (metatarsals) of your foot. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Then pull the toes down so you stretch the top of the toes and foot. Hold the toes in this position for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.
By forgoing socks, donning flip-flops, or simply going barefoot, Summer was the time to free our feet from their year-long captivity without repercussion. If you’ve been especially lucky, you’ve only had to sheath your soles a handful of times since May. However, now that Labor Day has come and gone, you’re probably inclined to stick your feet back into a pair of closed toed shoes. Nonetheless, if you take a little time to care for your feet before they go back into seasonal hibernation, they’ll be healthier come spring. Check out these footcare tips to make sure that your dogs aren’t barking this fall –
Heel pain is fairly common, and can be a result of many different issues or conditions. Nonetheless, regardless of what is causing the pain, here are three techniques that can be used to alleviate or prevent future heel issues.