You can help avoid foot problems. First, control your blood sugar levels. Good foot hygiene is also crucial
- DIABETIC FOOT
- How To Avoid
Diabetes, is one of the leading cause of mortality. If well controlled, patients may have live without much complication.
Diabetic foot is a serious complication which may lead to gangrene and ultimately to disarticulation of one or more toes or even amputation.
If you have diabetes, your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Over time, this can damage your nerves or blood vessels. Nerve damage from diabetes can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. You may not feel a cut, a blister or a sore. Foot injuries such as these can cause ulcers and infections. Serious cases may even lead to amputation. Damage to the blood vessels can also mean that your feet do not get enough blood and oxygen. It is harder for your foot to heal, if you do get a sore or infection.
You can help avoid foot problems. First, control your blood sugar levels. Good foot hygiene is also crucial:
Check your feet every day
Wash your feet every day
Keep the skin soft and smooth
Smooth corns and calluses gently
If you can see, reach, and feel your feet, trim your toenails regularly. If you cannot, ask a foot doctor (podiatrist) to trim them for you.
Wear shoes and socks at all times
Protect your feet from hot and cold
Keep the blood flowing to your feet