8 Tips For Foot Care For Diabetics
Today’s post is exclusively for the diabetics. The disease is a terrible one where you have to constantly keep an eye on what you are eating and how much you are eating. Not only food, but you need to be careful about secondary complications too! One of the complications linked with diabetes is diabetic foot, in which high levels of blood sugar can result in nerve damage along with problems in blood circulation and infections.
Here are a few tips on how to take care of a diabetic foot.
1) You should give complete attention to your feet
The feet are usually ignored by us but when you have diabetes, you simply can’t ignore them. You need to check your feet daily for cuts, blisters, red spots and swelling. Check the bottom of your feet with a mirror if you have trouble bending. It is mandatory to check as nerve damage can prevent you from feeling any kind of pain in that area and you may not know if you have got hurt.
2) Everyday, soak your feet in warm soapy water
Wash your feet with warm water every day. But keep in mind that it shouldn’t be hot. It is also the right time to check your feet, so you can do two things at the same time. After the soak, dry your feet well, especially between the toes in order to prevent any kind of fungal infections.
3) Moisturize your feet properly
Apply a thin coat of body lotion to your feet and massage well. However, it would be better if you avoid the gaps between your toes.
4) Smoothen calluses and corns gently
If you have calluses and corns on your feet, it would be advisable to use a pumice stone to smoothen them out.
5) Once a week, trim your toe nails
Keep trimming your nails on a regular basis to keep the clean and free of dirt. Pay more attention to the edges.
You need to opt for a pair of comfortable shoes that fit you well. You should not walk barefoot at any cost as you can injure yourself easily. You should be extra careful with your shoes and make sure that the inside of your shoes doesn’t have any stones or particles that can hurt you.
7) Let the blood circulate smoothly
Do not sit in a cross-legged position for a long time period. You should instead put your feet up while sitting. Be seated comfortably on a chair and keep a stool in front of you to place your legs. Move your ankles up and down. Wiggle your toes for about 5 minutes and then repeat.
8) Visit the doctor regularly
It is essential to meet the doctor on a regular basis if you are a diabetic as you need to keep your blood sugar levels under control. The doctor will also check your feet to ensure that you haven’t developed any kind of complication. If you have a cut, sore, blister, or wound on your foot which is taking really long to heal than usual, you should inform the doctor. Please follow the doctor’s advice when it comes to taking care of your feet.
Take good care of yourself!
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