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Protect Your Feet
For most people, small foot injuries like calluses or blisters are a minor aggravation. They may feel sore and they certainly don’t make your feet look any better. But these small wounds can grow into devastating problems for diabetics.
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  • For most people, small foot injuries like calluses or blisters are a minor aggravation. They may feel sore and they certainly don’t make your feet look any better. But these small wounds can grow into devastating problems for diabetics.

  • Having diabetes can cause serious damage to your feet, but that doesn’t mean you’re destined to have foot problems. Just be sure to manage your blood sugar wisely, avoid smoking, wear proper shoes and have your feet checked regularly by your doctor to prevent long-term complications.

  • The average person will unconsciously change the way they walk to minimize that callus forming, because for many people it hurts. With diabetes, you don’t feel it, so you continue to walk on the area.

  • It is because diabetes can damage nerves in the feet-so many people with diabetes don’t have normal feeling in their feet, diabetes can lead to narrowed arteries in the legs, causing poor blood flow to the feet, minor wounds may not heal poorly and become infected as a result of the reduced blood flow.

  • If you can’t feel your feet very well, you may not even realize that a problem is developing. Diabetes experts make it a priority to teach people protect their feet for good reason. Doctors perform thousands of lower-limb amputations, including foot removal surgeries, in people with diabetes each year because of these nerve and circulation issues.

  • Smart tips for people with diabetes include:

  • • Inspect your feet daily. Stay on the lookout for signs of possible trouble such as red spots, blisters and cuts. If you can’t see the bottoms of your feet, lay a mirror on the floor and use it to inspect your soles. Let your doctor know if you notice any sores or cuts on your feet that don’t heal within a day or two.

    • Never walk barefoot. That goes inside and outside. Always feel inside your shoes with your fingers before you put them on to make sure any sharp object isn’t hiding inside.

    • Keep them warm. If your feet get cold, put on warm socks.

    • Get a check-up. Ask a health care provider to check your feet at every visit.

    • Use a pumice stone. If your doctor says it’s okay, use a pumice stone to treat calluses. Never use a sharp blade on your feet.

    • Wear the right shoes and socks. Buy shoes that have plenty of support, but are not too tight. Also be sure to wear clean, lightly cushioned socks at all times to prevent blisters.

    • Control your blood sugar. As with most diabetes complications, you’re less likely to have foot problems if you aggressively manage your blood sugar. Work closely with your doctor to keep your blood sugar under control.

    • Don’t smoke. You probably already know that smoking is bad for your heart and lungs, but you may not know that it also decreases blood flow to your feet – increasing the risk of sores and infection. Ask your doctor for tips to help you quit.

    Important Note: The articles presented are provided by third party authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of KhanaPakana.com. They should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis. Consult with your physician prior to following any suggestions provided.

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