Feet are a very important part of our body, especially considering we use them every day for pretty much everything we do.
This is why it’s so important to take care of them, and for those with diabetes, this is especially true.
You may be asking yourself, “What does foot care have to do with diabetes?” and it’s a very good question.
Sometimes those with diabetes can suffer from nerve damage in their legs and feet due to high blood sugar levels that occur often over time.
This can also mean that they can suffer from bad circulation in their legs and feet which means if something should happen, like a cut or other injury, it can also take longer to heal.
Here are five things that diabetics should remember:
Keep them well moisturized
Dry, cracked feet can get small little cuts that can pretty much go unnoticeable for those with diabetes and nerve damage, and the bad things about these little cuts is that they become infected, which can cause some pretty severe issues.
Those with diabetes should remember to always keep them well-moisturized to prevent this from happening. According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, it’s best not to put lotion in-between the toes because that can lead to a fungal infection.
Wear good socks
Socks are a really good idea if you want to keep them well-protected; especially if you make sure that they are clean and dry every time you wear them.
There are also socks that are made especially for a diabetic’s foot., These are ideal because they good for circulation and moisture.
Don’t walk barefoot
This probably seems like a given, but it’s very crucial that those who have diabetes avoid walking around barefoot.
There are many reasons for this, but one of the primary reasons is that because of nerve damage there is a big chance that if you walk on something or something gets stuck in your foot you may not notice and that could lead to infection. And if that infection isn’t caught in time it could lead to something as drastic as losing your foot.
Get them checked out regularly
If something is happening with your feet, it’s best to get them checked out by a medical professional regularly.
You can go to your regular doctor or visit specialists such as those at the Eastern Idaho Foot Clinic. They can give you insight to make your feet healthy.
Treat them nicely
Treat your feet to warm baths, massages, etc. Happy feet will mean a happier you.
Make sure to avoid things like pedicures. People with diabetes can be more susceptible to getting infections from the water.