Diabetic foot problems occur together more frequently than you might imagine. It becomes much more difficult to heal properly when you are suffering not only from high blood sugar levels, but impaired blood circulation.
Still, the inevitable development of foot complications as the result of your diabetes does not have to be your destiny. If you dedicate yourself to taking the extra care necessary, you can maintain healthy feet for the rest of your life.
The best course of action for dealing with problems of the diabetic feet is to prevent the problems before they occur. When you want to prevent diabetic foot problems from occurring, the first step is to prevent damage as much as possible.
Diabetic feet are very delicate, so a reduction in potential rubbing and chafing will help to prevent the skin from being damaged. When your shoes or socks are not comfortable and chafe against the skin, the skin can be damaged, which can then lead to diabetic foot ulcers and/or worse.
Whenever you wear diabetic footwear, diabetic slippers and shoes it is important that you wear seamless socks to minimize their rubbing against your feet.
The next step is to be careful to keep your feet as clean as you can. Diabetics also have a tendency to suffer a greater number and severity of diabetic foot infections than non-diabetics.
The diabetic feet are one of the most likely places for the onset of infections. Although it is not always the result, an untreated infection can easily turn into an open wound which has the potential to lead to unnecessary amputation of the leg.
The majority of diabetic foot infections can be prevented through regular foot washing and drying. It is very important that you test the water before using it to make sure it is not too hot.
Diabetes often leads to a complication called neuropathy, a numbness in the feet. Numbness in the feet carries additional risk because your feet could be accidentally injured without your knowledge – burn or other injure to feet without knowing if common.
Many foot care devices carry the unfortunate risk of accidental burning. Foot baths, hot water bottles, and heating pads are examples of this. During the life of a diabetic, foot problems develop more often than not. Preventing damage from occurring in the first place is the best way that you can stave off the foot-related complications of diabetes.
Just remember that your feet are much more easily injured than they once were and that maintaining good foot health is going to take extra care.
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