Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Avoiding P.A.D. Complications, Part 4

Getting regular foot exams- as well as seeking immediate help when you notice changes in the feet- can keep small problems from worsening. P.A.D. requires ongoing attention.
To avoid complications, people with this disease should follow these precautions:
  • Wash your feet daily. Use warm (not hot) water and a mild soap. Dry your feet- including between the toes- gently and well. 
  • Keep the skin soft. For dry skin apply a thin coat of lotion that does not contain alcohol. Apply over the top and bottom of your feet, but not between the toes. 
  • Trim toenails straight across and file the edges. Keep edges rounded to avoid ingrown toenails, which can cause infections. 
  • Always wear shoes and socks. To avoid cuts and abrasions, never go barefoot- even indoors. 
  • Choose the right shoes and socks. When buying new shoes, have an expert make sure they fit well. At first, wear them just for a few hours daily to help prevent blisters and examine the feet afterward to check for areas of irritation. Wear seamless socks to avoid getting sores.
  • Check your feet- every day. Check all over for sores, cuts, bruises, breaks in the skin, rashes, corns, calluses, blisters, red spots, swelling, ingrown toenails, toenail infections, or pain.
  • Call your foot and ankle surgeon. If you develop any of the above problems, seek professional help immediately. Do not try to take care of cuts, sores, or infections yourself. 
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