Diabetes and Foot Problems

You've probably heard it said before that people with diabetes have to take very special care of their feet. But what's the problem as it relates to diabetics and foot problems? You should know that not taking care of your feet when you're diabetic can actually lead to some pretty serious health complications including amputation.

When a person has diabetes, it makes them more vulnerable to foot issues since diabetes damages the nerves and can reduce blood flow to the feet. The American Diabetes Association says that about one in five people with diabetes who seek hospital care do so because of foot problems.

If you have diabetes, it's important to wash and dry your feet every day using mild soap and warm water. Pat your skin dry and do not rub. Do make sure that your feet are thoroughly dry before you put on socks or shoes. After you wash your feet, use lotion to prevent any cracking but don't put the lotion between your toes.

Make sure to inspect your feet each day by checking the tops and bottoms. If you can't see your feet, have someone else check them on a daily basis. What you're looking for is dry or cracked skin, scratches, blisters, sores or cuts. If you see any redness or have increased warmth or tenderness, keep a watchful eye on that. Look for ingrown toenails, calluses or corns. Do not pop any blisters or sores that are on your feet. Instead, use a bandage and wear a different pair of shoes if that is causing the problem.

Diabetic should never go barefoot and always wear comfortable shoes and socks that keep feet dry and promote circulation. Avoid shoes that have pointed toes are high heels. Open toed shoes are also not a good idea for diabetic because you risk injury or infection.

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