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OneWellness November 16, 2022

Taking Care Of Your Feet While Diabetic

Medically Reviewed by Ose Oyakhilome

Written by Chioma Chukwunedu

Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body is unable to take in glucose in the blood into the cells that need them. This is because the body is either unable to produce or is resistant to the hormone, insulin. This hormone is responsible for enabling cells to take in the sugar in the blood so that the cells can utilize this sugar for energy. When a person is diabetic, cells cannot take in sugar and energy cannot be used leading to extreme tiredness. Excess glucose in the blood also damages different body cells and organs including the nerves in the legs. This is why diabetes should be adequately treated and controlled.

“Diabetic foot ulcers is one of the commonest complications of diabetes. This is why people living with diabetes should take proper care of their feet. We share tips on how to take care of your feet while diabetic.“

Nerve damage in the feet can lead to foot ulcers that do not heal on time, leading to limb amputation. Diabetes is the number one cause of limb amputations. It is important to take care of your feet if you are diabetic. Here are practical steps you can take to care for your feet.

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  1. Maintain foot hygiene - Be in charge of your self-care by making sure your feet are kept clean always.

  2. Wear appropriate footwear. Shoes and any other foot protection should be worn as much as possible. Never go barefoot.

  3. Go for regular checkups for your feet by health professionals. You can schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

  4. Seek professional care for wound and ulcer management. Minor skin injuries like cuts or blisters should be attended to avoid serious infections promptly.

  5. Check your feet every day.

  6. Wash your feet with warm, not hot water. Do not soak your feet in water and do not rub lotions between your toes to prevent infection.

  7. Always trim your toenails. Have someone assist you if you are unable to reach your toes.

  8. Keep your feet up when you sit down and wiggle your toes throughout the day to keep the blood flowing.

  9. Do not smoke. Smoking restricts blood flow to the legs.

  10. Be physically active. Try exercises that would send blood to the legs like walking, swimming, etc.

  11. Do not attempt to remove any moles and calluses by yourself.

  12. Eat healthy meals. Follow the diet given to you by your doctor or nutritionist.

  13. Consider wearing diabetic socks to help increase blood flow to the legs.

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