- by Diabetacare 24x7 Diabetes Care
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- Feb 09 2017
WALK AWAY FROM FOOT PROBLEMS
People with diabetes bear a higher risk of developing foot problems like gangrene, ulcers etc. Good foot care can help prevent or significantly delay these complications. It is important to control your diabetes to reduce the risk of Diabetes Foot. Treatment for diabetic foot ulcers and pain depends on its cause and the severity. Please discuss any foot pain or injury with your doctor to ensure that you receive the right care at the right time. Infected ulcers can result in amputation, if neglected.
Foot ulcers occur more often in people with poorly controlled diabetes. When the skin tissue breaks down and exposes the layers underneath, a foot ulcer is formed. These ulcers are more likely to develop under the big toe and ball of your foot.
How are Diabetes Foot Complications identified?
• Burning or stinging sensation
• Very sweaty (early damage) or very dry (later) foot soles
• Dry skin
• Peeling and cracking of skin
• Pain & swelling
• Difficulty in movement / walking
Blood vessel damage
• Poor blood circulation
• Pain while walking or sitting
• Leg cramps
• Hair loss on feet & legs
• Shiny and smooth appearance of skin
You can avoid complications by taking simple precautions like:
• Trim your nails at least once a week
• Cut your toe nails straight across
• Wash your feet regularly with lukewarm water
• Wipe and pat dry between your toes
• Use a mirror to inspect the bottom of the feet or get help
• Wear broad, closed and well- fitting shoes with socks
• Get your feet examined regularly by a doctor or (trained) nurse to prevent foot problems
• Don’t walk barefoot
• Avoid wearing open-toed footwear like chappals or sandals outside the home
• Don’t soak your feet as it could lead to dry skin
• Don’t moisturize your feet between the toes
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