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10 ways Diabetics can Prevent Amputations

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of limp amputation around the world. If you are diabetic, these tips will help you keep the risk of amputation at bay.

Diabetes By Meenakshi Chaudhary / Sep 05, 2014

Preventing Foot Ulcers

Since diabetes can destroy nerves and cause poor circulation, diabetics are more likely to develop leg and foot ulcers and other such problems. If left unchecked, such complications can lead to amputations. However proper care through following ways can help you avoid amputations. Image Courtesy: Getty

Keep your Feet Clean

You must keep your feet clean and protected. Wash your feet everyday for a couple of times with lukewarm water. If your doctor has recommended a talcum powder, sprinkle it between your toes to keep them dry. Keep the skin on the feet soft with the help of a moisturizing cream. Image Courtesy: Getty

Check your legs regularly

If you are diabetic you must check your feet once every day for ulcers, cracks, cuts, redness, swelling and sores. Use a mirror to check your feet thoroughly and consult your doctor if you notice anything. Image Courtesy: Getty

Never walk barefoot

Walking barefoot may cause injuries to your feet. You need to protect your feet because diabetes makes it way more susceptible to wither. Make it a rule to wear comfortable pair of shoes or slippers whenever you need to put your feet on the ground. Image Courtesy: Getty

Don't Self-treat

If you notice anything on your feet such as calluses or corns, don’t handle them yourself. Visit your doctor and let him take care of it for you. You may damage your feet even more while handling such complications yourself. Image Courtesy: Getty

Trim your toenails carefully

You must take extreme care when trimming your toenails. Losing focus for even a second while you are using tools on your nails can cause a tear here and a wear there. Always do it gently and take all the time you need. Don’t hurry as it may hurt the skin apart from the nails. Image Courtesy: Getty

Change your socks daily

Wear fresh pair of socks every morning. Don’t repeat your socks and wash them properly after every use.  Wear cotton socks and avoid socks made of nylon. Also avoid socks with elastic bands that may reduce blood circulation. Image Courtesy: Getty

Quit Smoking

Smoking causes several health problem including poor blood circulation and reduced amount of oxygen in the blood. Such problems can worsen the wounds and result in poor healing. Image Courtesy: Getty


Wear fitting shoes

Choose your shoes carefully. Don’t wear anything that doesn’t feel completely comfortable on your feet. Make sure that your shoes have proper support and cushioning for the feet. You can also try orthopedic shoes that are specially designed for diabetics to cushion and evenly distribute weight on the feet. Image Courtesy: Getty


Avoid injuries

Don’t let your feet get hurt. Try to avoid anything that may hurt your feet. Keeping injuries at bay will help you reduce the risk of amputation. Contact your doctor if you have a foot ulcer that doesn't heal within a few days. Image Courtesy: Getty

Visit your doctor

Regularly visit your health care provider for proper inspection of your feet for early signs of nerve damage, poor blood circulation or other foot problems. Your doctor will give you more tips and tricks on how to keep away from amputations. Image Courtesy: Getty



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