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Diabetes Foot Care

Most diabetics have serious foot problems because of the poor circulation to the lower part of the body. The results is having numbness, chronic skin ulcers, and burning of the lower legs and feet. These are painful conditions and when untreated, it may lead to gangrene and requires amputation. The body's inability to control blood sugar makes it hard for the white blood cells to ward off infection. Glucose monitoring is a must to maintain the amount of insulin to be taken, it helps to make the sugar level normal.

Feet injury may lead to infection and healing may be delayed. Make sure that your feet in your shoes have enough room to prevent rubbing, as this cause blisters or ulcerations. Well fit and soft shoes prevent serious foot problems. Do not break into your new shoes. You should wear shoes at all times, it would prevent splinters that would eventually lead to infection.

Use cotton socks, they are preferable than nylon. Apply moisturizers in your feet, or to avoid excessive sweating, put talc. If your feet becomes swollen, change in colour, texture of the skin, it could be signs of infection. Consult your doctor when this happens. You might damage your nerve and you will lose your feet will go numb. Most cuts and sore will go unnoticed because of this problem. You could develop poor blood flow in your feet and healing injuries would be a major problem.

Nerve damage may cause your feet to lose feeling. If this happens, a simple cut or sore can go unnoticed and lead to nerve problems. Nerve damage predisposes to blisters, sores, and foot ulcers. Poor blood flow to the feet causes injuries to heal more slowly.

Athlete's foot in between toes should be treated by anti-fungal agents. Thoroughly inspect your feet before doing rigorous exercises. Visit your doctor first before enrolling in a program; follow your exercise instructor on what you should be doing. A laceration or a break in the skin can be infected and destroys the tissue. Seek for medical treatment to prevent further injuries.

The feet should be inspected before and after any form of exercise, and instructions from the diabetic educator and permission from your physician must be obtained before embarking on an exercise program. People who are markedly overweight are more susceptible to foot problems because they cannot reach down to inspect their feet properly for sores, blisters, and infections. Visual problems may also prevent close inspection of the feet.

Any injury to the skin, particularly when there is a laceration or break in the skin, can become infected and destroy underlying tissues. Instituting prompt medical treatment may prevent progression to the point where surgery becomes necessary.

 



       



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