Taking Care of Your Feet with Diabetes
Although you need to take care of your body both inside and out when you are diabetic, your feet cannot be ignored and need special attention also. The possibility of nerve damage and poor blood flow could be lurking around the corner, just waiting to attack. It is also important to note that these can work together against you, which, of course, can lead to other medical conditions. When nerve damage and poor blood flow combine, you can end up with a foot condition that can lead to hospitalization or even amputation.
Nerve damage can affect both the legs and the feet. The damage to your nerves can mean that you may not feel any pain, cold or heat in your legs and or feet. For example, if you were to have a sore or a cut on your foot, you may not notice it due to lack of sensation. However, the nerve damage can cause the sore to become infected before you realize it. If you have poor blood flow, you are going to find that it will take longer for the sore or infection to actually heal. It is easy to see how nerve damage can lead to the problems with blood flow.
Taking great care of your feet is very important. You should be sure to wash them each day using warm water, but not soak them. When done, be sure to dry them thoroughly, even between your toes. Each day when you get out of the shower, or even when you are getting dressed, examine your feet for any damage. If you cannot see them well, use a mirror to check them.
Dry feet can be a great concern also, and putting lotion on them once clean will help with that, however, avoid putting the lotion between your toes. If you are someone that gets the occasional corn or callus, you can simply file it down with an emery board after you bathe. Keeping your toenails trimmed is also important. Finally, one of the most important things you should do is to wear slippers around the house, and shoes when you leave, to protect your feet. These simple precautions can help to keep your feet safe from injury.
There are common problems that you should watch out for when it comes to your feet and diabetes. These include corns and calluses, blisters, ingrown toenails, plantar warts, hammertoes, bunions, athlete’s foot and cracked or dry skin. Wearing shoes that fit properly, and that are comfortable, can play an important role in protecting your feet. Special shoes can be made especially for you to help keep them safe. Of course, you need the right socks as well.
If you have any concerns about your feet or find something out of place, it is important to speak with your doctor. Each time that you have a checkup, make sure that they are examining your feet as well. Your physician will be able to tell you what to look out for and what to do.
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