Ouch! Are you a diabetic and have sore feet? Even a small cut could be harmful and cause serious problems to your feet. If you follow the guidelines to pamper those feet, it will reduce the risk of getting an infection.
Diabetes can be very dangerous to your feet. Type 2 diabetes can cause nerve damage. As a result, it can reduce the feeling in your feet. It can also take away blood flow to your feet.
Also, associated with these nerve problems, you may not notice something in your shoe. You might develop a sore or blister under your foot. This could lead to an infection or a non-healing wound. With type 2 diabetes it could put at risk for amputation.
So, as I mentioned earlier, to avoid foot problems follow these guidelines:
Inspect your feet daily. Check for cuts, blisters, swelling, and nail problems. Use a bathroom magnifying mirror to see the bottom of your feet.
Bathe feet in lukewarm water. Wash your feet daily. The same temperature you would use for a newborn baby.
Equally important, when bathing your feet be gentle. Wash your feet with a soft washcloth. Make sure to dry your feet well. Between your toes, dry carefully.
Moisturize your feet. Do not moisturize in between your toes. If you moisturize it will keep your skin from itching or cracking. Again, no moisturizer between toes that could encourage a fungal infection.
Absolutely, keep those nails trimmed. Cut your nails straight across. File the edges. To avoid ingrown toenails don’t cut to short.
No bathroom surgery. Avoid treating calluses or corns yourself. Do not use medicated pads.
SOCKS MADE TO PAMPER THOSE FEET
Wear socks made for diabetics. Socks made specifically for diabetes. They have extra cushioning. These socks are made from fibers that wick moisture away from your skin.
Cold feet at night. If you have cold feet at night, wear socks. Do not use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
Check shoes before wearing them. Shake your shoes and check inside before wearing them. Because of nerve damage, you may not feel an object in your shoes.
Your feet should stay warm and dry. Wear warm shoes in winter. Keep feet from getting wet in snow or rain.
Use antiperspirant on the soles of your feet. This is very helpful if your feet sweat a lot. It’s something to consider.
Never ever walk barefoot. Always have shoes or slippers on. This will prevent from getting a scratch or cut on your foot.
Keep your blood sugar levels under control.
Quit smoking. I know this is sometimes easier said than done. Smoking restricts blood flow to your feet.
On a regular basis, see your foot and ankle specialist because he can help you prevent complications from diabetes. If you follow the guidelines to pamper your feet they should feel like a million bucks.
According to Foot Health Facts, sometimes special diabetic shoes are prescribed to avoid pressure and rubbing on the feet caused by regular footwear.