People who have Diabetes are likely to develop nerve and vascular damage that can result in loss of protective sensation in the feet, poor circulation and poor healing of foot ulcers. All of these conditions contribute to high amputation rate in diabetics. Uncontrolled Diabetes is the major reason behind these symptoms.
Now you may think that if you don’t experience any of the above mentioned symptoms then you are not at the risk. No, it’s not like that. If you are a diabetic you are at the risk of getting Diabetic neuropathy. Good glycemic control and proper foot care can only prevent you from Diabetic foot problems.
Here are some easy Foot Care tips to follow
- Take care of your Diabetes – Try to keep your blood sugar within the good range.
- Check your feet everyday – Look at your bare feet for any cuts, blisters, red spots and swelling.
- Wash your feet everyday – Wash your feet with lukewarm water and dry them well. Be sure to dry them between the toes.
- Keep your skin soft and smooth – Apply some oil or lotion. But not between the toes.
- Protect your feet with comfortable, well fitting shoes – Never walk barefoot.
- Protect your feet from hot and cold – Do not test bath water on feet. Avoid using hot water bottles or heating pads.
- Keep the blood flowing to your feet – Put your feet up when sitting. Be more active by regular exercising. Stop smoking.
- Trim your toe nails straight across.
- Check with your doctor – Have your doctor check your bare feet on a regular basis. Report all blisters, bruises, cuts, sores or areas of redness immediately.
- Get started now – Begin taking care of your feet today. Set a time everyday to check your feet.