- The loss of sensation in the foot
- The feeling of shooting pains in the foot and leg
- Reduced blood flow to the foot and lower leg
- Reduced oxygen and nutrition to the foot and leg
Effects of Poor Circulation and Neuropathy
- Loss of Sensation
- Thickened Nails
- Loss of Hair Growth to the Feet
- Pressure Sores
- Inspect your feet daily for blisters, cuts, scratches and signs of infection.
- Always check between the toes.
- Inspect the insides of your shoes daily for foreign objects and rough areas.
- Apply lotion to feet and legs after showering to prevent dryness.
- Get regular foot exams!
- Do not walk barefoot.
- Do not smoke.
- Do not soak your feet in hot water.
- Do not use chemical agents to remove corns and calluses.
- Do not place oil or cream between your toes.
- Always try on shoes at the end of the day.
- The distance from the longest toe to the end of the shoe should be one thumbnail's length.
- Shoes do not break in; if they do not fit at the time of purchase, they will never fit.
- Medicare Shoe Program
- Diabetes is the leading cause of lower extremity amputation.
- 5 - 15% of Diabetics will undergo an amputation at sometime during their life.
- Almost 50% of amputations are preventable with proper intervention.
- Happy and Healthy Feet are Possible
- Just a few minutes a day of tender love and care will keep your feet moving for many years.
The information on this page is not a substitute for seeking professional medical care.