Feet Swelling - Diabetes

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When a diabetic's feet begin to swell it is a clear indication that there is a problem with circulation. The condition can start out as a mild annoyance, but sooner or later it can progress to a much more serious complication.

When circulation begins to become restricted, it is a situation that must be addressed immediately. The first symptoms that something is wrong can include a warm sensation or even tingling such as when your foot falls asleep. But often, by the time you start to experience these sensations the damage is already beginning. Thats why time is of the essence.

Over time, tingling will progress into numbness, a burning sensation or throbbing. By now, you should have contacted your doctor to inform them on what is going on.

Maintaining good foot health is another way to ward off these symptoms. Wearing comfortable shoes that properly fit is a must. So is wearing socks that promote dryness and good circulation Walking on hard surfaces without cushioned shoes is asking for nerve and blood vessel damage. Making sure that any bruises, cuts or scraps are healing properly is also important. Infection can creep in, especially if the foot has begun to tingle or go numb. This makes detection much more difficult.

Since the feet take the brunt of the impact from moving about, you want to make sure that you are aware of any problems. Look at them and check for swelling, bruising or dark areas where blood could be pooling under the skin. Exercise and maintaining a healthy diet will also go a long way in keeping the blood flowing. Limiting salt and maintaining proper blood sugar levels round out defensive measures.

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