Diabetic Foot Prevention and Care
Foot problems are commonly associated with diabetic people. In fact, a diabetic person has greater chances of having nerve damages that result in to weakness, pain or the worst nightmare, neuropathy. Therefore, diabetic foot care is necessary to avoid serious complications.
However, one should know the effects of not following a proper diabetic foot care.
· Ulcers are a break in the skin causing redness in the foot. It is usually caused due to poor fitting shoes.
· Toenail Fungus is a condition that causes the darkening and cracking of nails.
· Athlete’s foot initially begins with cracked or peeling of skin which then turns to blisters or oozing.
· Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is a condition where the uncontrolled sugar levels causes numbness in the feet due to nerve damage. This condition leads to weakness and pain in the foot, and sometimes in the hands. In worst cases, the person might even have to get his feet amputated.
But, how do you know if you are suffering from diabetic peripheral neuropathy. What are the neuropathy symptoms that you should look out for?
· Numb feeling in the feet
· Sharp pains
· Losing the ability to feel
· A wound which is not healing since a long time
· Burning/Tingling sensation
Now that you know the effects of improper diabetic foot care and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, here are few simple steps that can help you in better care:
· Check your feet almost every day. Look out for any cuts or wounds, and in case you find any get it dressed immediately.
· Since diabetes can weaken the sensation of the nerves, avoid using hot tubs to avoid burns.
· Ensure that you trim your toenails with a safety nail clipper. If you find it difficult to do it on your own, take help from any family member.
· Do not walk barefoot. Walking without shoes can increase the chances of your feet getting bruised.
· Always keep your feet dry. Wash your feet regularly and remove your socks and shoes after you come from outside.
· CONTROL your sugar levels. Undoubtedly, this should be part of every diabetic’s foot care regime. In fact, controlling the blood sugar can fasten the healing of any wound. For a better understanding, consult your diabetes educator for managing diabetes.
· Get a foot exam done in every 3–4 months. This will not only give you a better picture of your diabetic foot care but also help you in identifying of any foot problems within your skin.
With these simple steps, you can follow a proper diabetic foot care and let your feet take you wherever you want to go.