If you are a person who suffers with diabetes, then you know how it can affect your physical body and overall lifestyle. Diabetics often times have problems with there feet. When you have diabetes your feet suffer from a lack of oxygen and nutrients due to poor circulation. Therefore when a diabetic suffers a sore, blister, or cut it takes a longer time to heal than with a healthy person. Many diabetics can suffer from nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy which causes numbness in the feet. When the diabetic person has this condition they are often times not aware of the sores, blisters, or cuts which make them vulnerable for infection and amputation. There are some things that diabetics can do to help manage foot pain and discomfort caused by diabetes.
1. A person with diabetes must become well acquainted with their feet. It is necessary for them to check their feet daily, so that they can notice any changes and take proper action in a timely manner. It is necessary for them to check between the toes, top and bottom of the foot.
2. Diabetics need to be mindful to wash their feet daily in warm, not hot water. It is not necessary to soak for an extended amount of time, and one’s feet need to be dried completely even between toes.
3. Diabetics need to invest in proper foot wear. Wearing properly fitting socks and shoes, can prevent an array of problems. It is important for a diabetic to prevent any unnecessary cuts or blisters from forming and becoming infected.
4. Diabetics need to avoid walking around barefoot their feet are vulnerable. Slippers or socks thick enough to protect their skin should always be worn.
5. When a diabetic has visits with their physician, they need to bring up any issues they are having with their feet too their physician. Pain, tingling and foot sensitivity should not be overlooked and ignored.
6. Diabetics need to keep their skin clean, soft and dry. It is easy for skin to become dry and cracked because of high glucose levels. It is important to clean feet, lotion them and use a pumice stone to gently scrub away dry, dead skin.
7. Everyone can benefit from the effects of exercise. Diabetics should speak with their physician or trainer about participating in exercises that are low impacting on the feet.
8. Invest the money in going to see a podiatrist to have bunions, corns and hammertoes taking care of. These conditions make it extremely hard to find properly fitting shoes.
9. A podiatrist can also provide a diabetic with orthotics to help support their feet and help minimize the pain associated with nerve pain.
10. Lastly the best thing a diabetic can do to support their feet is to manage their diabetes well. Blood sugar control with medication, insulin, diet, and exercise will make a diabetics life healthier and more fulfilling.