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Thank you for choosing Nigro Foot and Ankle Care for your foot and/or ankle care. Please know that our doctors, nurses and administrators value the trust you have placed in us and will do all they can to meet your expectations for quality medical care.

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We believe that the patient-doctor relationship is integral in keeping our patients healthy.

Our physicians want to make your first visit with us a success and are interested in learning as much as possible about your current health status. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early so you have time to fill out our health status forms, which help the physician learn about any areas requiring care. Filling out these forms will help your physician make the most of your time together.

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12 Foot Care Tips to Help You Take Care of Your Feet For a Lifetime

[Source: National Diabetes Educational Program. NDEP is a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 200 public and private organizations.  Link to Original source: http://ndep.nih.gov/media/FootTips.pdf ]

1. Take care of your diabetes.

  • Work with your health care team to keep your blood sugar within a good range.

 

2. Check your feet every day.

  • Look at your bare feet every day for cuts, blisters, red spots, and swelling.
  • Use a mirror to check the bottoms of your feet or ask a family member for help if you have trouble seeing.

 

3. Wash your feet every day.

  • Wash your feet in warm, not hot, water every day.
  • Dry your feet well. Be sure to dry between the toes.

 

4. Keep the skin soft and smooth.

  • Rub a thin coat of skin lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes.

 

5. Smooth corns and calluses gently.

  • If your feet are at low risk for problems, use a pumice stone to smooth corns and calluses. Don’t use over-the-counter products or sharp objects on corns or calluses.

 

6. If you can see and reach your toenails, trim them each week or when needed.

  • Trim your toenails straight across and file the edges with an emery board or nail file.

 

7. Wear shoes and socks at all times.

  • Never walk bare foot.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet.
  • Feel inside your shoes before putting them on each time to make sure the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside.

 

8.  Protect you feet from hot and cold.

  • Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement.
  • Wear socks at night if your feet get cold.
  • Don’t test bath water with your feet.
  • Don’t use hot water bottles or heating pads.

 

9. Keep the blood flowing to your feet.

  • Put your feet up when sitting.
  • Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 5 minutes, 2 or 3 times a day.
  • Don’t cross your legs for long periods of time.
  • Don’t smoke.

 

10.  Be more active.

  • Plan your physical activity program with your doctor.

 

11.  Check with your doctor.

  • Have your doctor check your bare feet and findout whether you are likely to have serious foot problems. Remember that you may not feel thepain of an injury.
  • Call your doctor right away if you find a cut, sore, blister, or bruise on your foot that does not begin to heal after one day.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice about foot care.

 

12. Get started now.

  • Begin taking good care of your feet today.
  • Set a time every day to check your feet.
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