Diabetic Feet - Diabetes Foot Care

Gangrenous Foot due to Diabetes

Diabetic Feet - Diabetes foot problems are common complications that diabetics suffer from and need special attention. Here are some invaluable diabetes foot care tips.

A foot problem can be very difficult to heal once it has set in. Diabetes can decrease the circulation to your feet so that healing is relatively poor. Diabetes can also affect the nerves to the feet so that they are less sensitive to diabetic foot pain, touch and temperature.

Diabetics are also prone to diabetic foot infection because the feet are almost 'out of sight and out of mind'. Diabetes foot problems can develop without your being aware of them. Very special care of your feet is essential, and they should be checked everyday.

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Diabetic Foot Problems

Pressure sores can develop on the soles of your feet from things such as corns, calluses and stones or nails in your shoes. Minor injuries such as cuts and splinters can become a major problem through poor healing. Problems with toenails such as infection around the nail and ingrowing nails can get out of control. Prevention of these problems is the best way.

Foot Care for Diabetics

  1. Keep your diabetes under good control and do not smoke. Click here for Diabetes Diet information and Self Help Treatment.
  2. Check your feet daily. Report any sores, infection or unusual signs. Make sure you check between the toes.
  3. Wash your feet daily : Use lukewarm water (beware of scalds) and dry thoroughly, especially between the toes. Soften dry skin, especially around the heels, with lanoline. Applying methylated spirits between the toes helps stop dampness.
  4. Attend to your toenails regularly : Clip them straight across and do not cut them deep into corners or too short across.
  5. Wear clean cotton or wool socks daily; Avoid socks with elastic tops.
  6. Exercise your feet each day to help the circulation in them.
  7. Check the insides of your shoes each week to make sure no nails are pointing into the soles.

How to Avoid Injury

  • Wear good-fitting, comfortable leather shoes.
  • The shoes must not be too tight or too loose.
  • Do not walk barefoot, especially out of doors.
  • Do not cut your own toenails if you have difficuty reaching them or have poor eyesight.
  • Avoid home treatments and corn pads that contain acid.
  • Be careful when you walk around the garden and in the home. Sharp objects such as stakes in the garden, protruding nails and sharp corners of beds at floor level should never be in the home of a diabetic.
  • Do not use hot water bottles or heating pads on your feet.
  • Do not test the temperature of water with your feet.
  • Take extra care when sitting in front of an open fire or heater.
  • If you have problems with your foot care and especially if your physical condition makes attending to toenails, corns and calluses difficult, you should visit a podiatrist. Seek medical advice from your doctor if necessary.

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Diabetic Neuropathy Easy Self Assessment

Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occur if you have diabetes. High blood sugar (glucose) can injure nerves throughout your body. Diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and feet.

You may use a piece of stiff fishing line string to do this easy Diabetic foot self test. If you have lost sensation in any of the spots indicated in the above diagram, seek medical advice from your family doctor to get a professional diagnosis and medical intervention.

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