Taking Care Of Your Feet
Taking care of your feet may sound unusual, but it's especially important for individuals with peripheral arterial disease. These patients generally have poor blood circulation, which can affect the healing time of injuries and sores on the legs and feet. Peripheral arterial disease patients who also have diabetes have an even higher risk of complications and infection from wounds. Even a small cut should receive prompt care to ensure proper healing. In addition, patients should make sure their footwear is the proper size and fits well. Thick, dry socks should be worn with shoes.
Basic everyday care should include washing and thorough drying of the feet. Trim and file nails regularly and carefully. Patients should keep their feet moisturized to minimize occurrences of cracks in the skin, but should not put lotion in between the toes or on cuts or sores. If any fungal infections or similar issues appear, treat them right away. Bunions, corns, and calluses should be treated as well. Patients should examine every part of their feet daily and look for any sign of injury, such as scratches, cuts, sores, blisters, or ingrown toenails, and notify a doctor should anything arise.