Take Care of Your Feet – Don’t Take Them for Granted
We are good at taking care of our faces and even our hands but feet are sometimes overlooked, even though they are so important to us in our everyday lives. It is easy to take for granted that we can do anything, go anywhere but without healthy feet we could be hobbling with pain and discomfort after being on them for a few hours.
Every one with diabetes knows the importance of keeping their feet well exercised and the blood circulating freely in order to avoid foot problems. Narrowing of the blood vessels can occur and nerve endings may be damaged causing loss of feeling.
But it is just as important for all of us to look after out feet if we want to remain active. If circulation and sensation in the feet is decreased, a small cut or abrasion may not at first be felt and then lead to more serious problems such as an ulcer which is difficult to heal. Toes and sometimes even a foot or leg may require amputation.
Keeping feet healthy and dealing with foot problems as they arise also helps to prevent falls, especially in older people. When we have sore feet we are much more likely to trip. Using the Air Cycle regularly can improve balance and walking – not only by keeping feet healthy but by improving leg muscle strength and joint flexibility. People become steadier on their feet and are less likely to fall.
Do not overlook caring for your feet. Remember, an annual foot check by a podiatrist is a good insurance policy.