Foot Health Awareness Month
Right now, 6.7 million Americans are living with a chronic wound, and more than two million of those are suffering from a diabetic foot ulcer. April is Foot Health Awareness Month and is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of foot health, common foot wounds and available treatments.
With foot ulcers preceding 80 percent of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations, the Comanche County Memorial Hospital Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine® recommends the following foot care techniques to keep your feet healthy:
- Check your feet for red spots, cuts, swelling, blisters, sores or other injuries daily.
- Wash your feet every day and dry them with care, especially between the toes.
- Trim your toenails as needed after you’ve washed and dried your feet.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that do not rub or pinch your feet.
- Always wear socks or stockings with your shoes, and never walk barefoot or while wearing just socks.
- Physical activity can help increase circulation in your feet. Consult your healthcare team to see which physical activity is right for you.
- Take off your socks at your next check-up, and alert your doctor to any problems with your feet.
For more information about proper foot care and treatment, contact Comanche County Memorial Hospital Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at 580.357.3280 and/or the MMG Podiatry Clinic 580.357.3671