Put Your Feet First
Ferry Street Medical works closely with our affiliate, the Feet First Diabetic Foot Health Clinic, to provide all of our patients with the education and top treatments they need for their feet. Having these types of capabilities and information at our disposal helps to diagnose any ongoing podiatric issues our patients may have, and keep up with the latest trends and technology coming from the field’s certified, recognized leaders.
Please take time to go over some key information about your foot care below and find out how Ferry Street Medical and the Feet First Diabetic Foot Health Clinic can help you!
WHY YOUR FEET MATTER:
Infections and deformities in your feet have a greater impact on other parts of the body as well. They affect the movement and function of knees, hips, damaged blood vessels and nerves, and can cause limited mobility and poor circulation. Every day foot care, especially for people with diabetes, is essential to the healing and maintenance process, as it can prevent further serious health issues from happening in the future.
EVERYDAY FOOT CARE
Checking Your Feet:
Look at your nails, skin, and the space between your toes to be sure you are not developing cracks, cuts, sores, blisters, swelling, or a change in color. If you are developing any of these issues, be sure to consult one of our physicians.
Washing Your Feet:
Wash your feet in warm to hot water and use mild soap to clean them. If you are worried about temperature, check it with your wrist first.
Drying Your Feet:
Thoroughly dry your feet, especially the space between your toes, to ensure that no excess moisture remains to promote foot fungus.
Dry Skin on Your Feet:
If you have dry skin on your feet, you should consider using creams – especially after bathing. DO NOT put the cream in between your toes as it will cause increased moisture.
Socks & Shoes:
Change your socks and shoes, daily. Do not wear socks and shoes that are too tight, and be sure they are made of breathable cotton or nylon.
Cut your toenails straight across and never cut down the sides too short. This can cause ingrown toenails and other health issues.