Caring for Children with Diabetes

Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Focused Footcare for Children with Diabetes!

Kids in general, but especially those living with diabetes, are less likely to feel a foot injury, such as a blister or cut. Left untreated, even small foot injuries can quickly become infected, potentially leading to serious complications. Diabetes can make injuries more difficult to heal that’s why regular and specialized footcare as well as education – is key!

picture of Kaitlin WerkmanWe are here to help!

Chiropodists or Podiatrists specialize in treating foot diseases, disorders and dysfunctions. Meet Kaitlin (Werkman) Boven, Registered Chiropodist. Kaitlin has earned a Master of Science in Diabetes (MSc Diabetes) and is licensed for nail surgery and local anesthesia. She has an interest in treating patients of all ages who are living with diabetes.

Encourage activity – everyday!

Ontario’s Physical Activity Guides for Children and Youth publishes guidelines on how much activity your child needs every day. There are also many social, emotional and educational benefits, which foster:

  • Healthy bodies: Regular activity builds a healthy heart, burns excess energy to help maintain a healthy weight and can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes as well as other chronic diseases.
  • Positive self esteem: Activity helps children feel good and try new skills.
  • Social skills: Group activity provides the chance to make friends, build confidence and learn team-building skills.
  • Good mental health: Activity can reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Better grades: Activity can improve memory, creativity and problem-solving.

Keep Children Healthy starting with a Daily Foot Care Routine

Put together a foot care kit containing nail clippers, nail file, lotion, and a non-breakable hand mirror. Let your kids decorate the kit so it’s personalized to them. Keeping what you need together in one place, where you use it, will make it easier for everyone.

Daily Family Foot Care Routine:

  1. Wash your feet in warm (not hot) water, using a mild soap. Don’t soak your feet, as this can dry your skin.
  2. Dry your feet carefully, especially between your toes.
  3. Thoroughly check your feet and between your toes to make sure there are no cuts, cracks, ingrown toenails, blisters, etc. Use a hand mirror to see the bottom of your feet, or ask someone else to check them for you.
  4. Clean cuts or scratches with mild soap and water, and cover with a dry dressing suitable for sensitive skin.
  5. Trim your toenails straight across and file any sharp edges. Don’t cut the nails too short.
  6. Apply a good lotion to your heels and soles. Wipe off excess lotion that is not absorbed. Don’t put lotion between your toes, as the excessive moisture can promote infection.
  7. Wear fresh clean socks and well-fitting shoes every day. Whenever possible, wear white socks – if you have a cut or sore, the discharge/flow will be easy to see.

For more information on diabetes and children, visit the Diabetes Canada website.

We want you to feel comfortable and confident talking to all the footcare professionals at Werkman, Boven & Associates in our new location at 1295 Cornwall Road, Unit A1, Oakville, ON  L6J 7T5. We’re dedicated to healthy feet for the entire family! Contact us to book your appointment today.