Foot Care for Diabetics

It is important for Diabetics to practice good foot care by learning how to recognize problems with their feet before the problems become serious. With a good foot care routine at home, and controlled blood sugar levels, diabetics will be able to avoid problems with their feet.
Diabetes is a disease that can cause nerve damage to eyes, kidneys, feet and blood vessels. When diabetics do not control their blood sugar levels then they cannot feel their feet and this can lead to more serious problem because when they lose feeling in their feet and diabetics simply cannot feel sores, cuts, abrasions, blisters and areas where the skin has been damaged. Even with the advancement of foot care treatments a diabetic’s best prevention of life-threatening problems is good control of their Blood Sugar Levels.
When a diabetic’s Blood Sugar stays to high it will cause damages to the point that even a very insignificant looking wound will not heal properly, allowing infection to develop and without healthy blood vessels to deliver the antibiotics, the infection will develop into gangrene. There is really only one treatment for gangrene and that is amputation of the diabetic’s foot or their leg. If the amputation does not stop the infection and it reaches the bloodstream then it becomes life threatening.
The best prevention that a diabetic has is the advice of The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons they offer these suggestions: (author’s comments have been italicized)
1. Wash your feet daily with soap and water, and carefully dry them afterward. Use a dry towel to rub away dried skin.
2. Use a rich moisturizer on your feet, but don’t apply it between the toes. There are excellent diabetic foot moisturizers in the diabetes center at most drugstores.
3. Keep toenails trimmed, but cut them straight across. Clipping the corners can lead to ingrown nails. Push back cuticles with dry towel.
4. Avoid using antiseptics, sharp tools or heating pads on the feet. This also includes electric blankets.
5. Keep feet warm and dry with cozy socks. There are whole product lines of socks for diabetics in most drugstores.
6. Prevent circulatory problems by avoiding smoking. And don’t sit with your legs crossed.
If you ever have problems with your feet it is important to write down information like; what happened to your foot, how long ago did you notice the wound and most important is to have either a record or a good knowledge of your Blood Sugar Level’s highs and lows.
Use the above six tips in your diabetes health care program, and have your feet checked once a year by your doctor.

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