Foot Care for People with Diabetes

Updated at: Aug 23, 2012
Foot Care for People with Diabetes

People with diabetes are very vulnerable in matters related to their feet. Keeping the feet safe is a very important task for them. Read more here.

Arka Roy Chowdhury
DiabetesWritten by: Arka Roy ChowdhuryPublished at: Aug 23, 2012

Diabetes is a disease wherein the blood glucose level of the body gets uncontrollable. This in turn damages the body parts to a great extent. The reason why the feet are vulnerable for a diabetic patient is that it can destroy the body’s ability to be immune. When diabetes is on the prowl, you are very much on the verge of a physical catastrophe. Your nervous system may get damaged and you may not be able to feel your feet all that well.

Your feet are at great risk if you have diabetes, your feet will face nerve damage and it may go numb, you may feel cold on your feet, tingling sensation and pain. Then blood supply may also reduce drastically. These are not good signs and definitely needs attention. If your feet gets injured or harmed during this time, it can be extremely difficult for you to heal and can often lead to infections. Do examine your foot properly for any unnatural signs.

Take care of your feet in the following ways:

Footwear – Be sure to wear a well fitted shoe so that there are no lose edges. This way your feet will be prevented from red spots, sore spots, blisters, corns, calluses, or consistent pain associated with wearing shoes. You must at all times wear socks with your shoes in order to avoid shoe bites.  Your feet also at all times are prevented from external injuries and so wearing a shoe outdoor and a slipper at home is a necessity.

Take care of toe nails –
Be very careful with toe nails as sometimes they cause a lot of trouble and pain, especially when they are long. There is a chance of it getting ripped which will cause a lot of pain and will inadvertently be harmful for your feet in the long run. So, cut your nails regularly and only do so after taking a bath when your nail is soft. Also try and avoid cutting the corner of your toes.

Cleanliness –
Your feet must be clean and tidy at all times. Always use warm water and mild soap to clean them, never rub them but always pat them dry. Use lotion and crack creams so as to keep your feet smooth and free of any cracks. Examine your foot for dirt and clean it to check for corns, blisters and in grown nails.

All diabetic patients should visit neurologists and diabetic specialists and be careful of their feet at all times.




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