The advanced wound healing center at Cartersville medical center reminds you that April is 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.

Are your feet at risk? Some of the primary risk factors for wounds of the feet include: neuropathy, deformity of the foot, history of foot ulceration, absent or diminished pulses and prior amputation.

With foot ulcers preceding 80 percent of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations, the Advanced Wound Healing Center at Cartersville Medical Center 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

Remember, prevention and intervention are key. For more information about proper foot care, diabetic foot ulcers or how amputation may be avoided, contact the Advanced Wound Healing Center at Cartersville Medical Center at (770) 276-7900 or visit the center at 970 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, Suite 240 in Cartersville.