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How to Prevent Cracked Heels

How to Prevent Cracked Heels

Cracked heels might seem like a small problem, but they can be painful. Those tiny cracks can also make room for a bacterial infection. To stay active, mobile, and pain-free, you’ll need to take care of those tender heels.   Why Do Heels Crack? Heels crack for a number of...

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Diabetes and Limb Loss: How to Care for the Skin on Your Residual

Diabetes and Limb Loss: How to Care for the Skin on Your Residual

In previous posts,  we’ve discussed ways to prevent limb loss due to diabetic complications. Diabetes is responsible for over 60 percent of all non-traumatic lower-limb amputations, according to the Diabetes Council. Twenty-five percent of all diabetics will experience a foot ulcer at some point in their life, and a majority...

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7 Heat-Related Skin Problems for Amputees (and How to Solve Them)

7 Heat-Related Skin Problems for Amputees (and How to Solve Them)

When the heat starts building, things can get uncomfortable. For people with limb loss, skin discomfort can get in the way of wearing a prosthesis and eventually interfere with mobility and independence. Careful preparation, monitoring, and treatment of your skin can keep it happy when temperatures rise. Here are a...

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How to Identify and Prevent Diabetic Skin Fungal Infections

How to Identify and Prevent Diabetic Skin Fungal Infections
High glucose levels (hyperglycemia) put diabetics at higher risk for fungal infections. For diabetics, these infections are more than uncomfortable. Diabetes also compromises circulation and the immune system, making it more difficult to fight off infection. Additionally, any open sores that develop create a gateway for other infections to invade and cause potential complications. However, if you know how to identify and prevent skin fungal infections, you’ll catch any problems in the early, more easily treated stages.

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