It is estimated that every month 5000 people suffering from diabetes have an amputation. That makes it 100 amputations every week! Foot problems are inevitable in diabetes, but proper care would save you from being one amongst those 100 people who eventually have to get amputated.
Along with maintaining a healthy diet, exercising daily and keeping your blood sugar levels under control with proper dosage of medicines, these simple diabetic foot care tips will save you an amputation.
- Inspect your feet daily for any redness, swelling, cuts, blisters or nail problems.
- Wash your feet daily with lukewarm water using a mild soap.
- Dry your feet thoroughly after washing. Dry well between the toes too.
- Moisturize your feet using moisturizing lotions. This will help you hydrate your skin and prevent it from cracking or itching.
- Avoid applying moisturizer in between your toes. This will encourage fungal infection.
- Cut your nails straight across in order to prevent ingrown toenails.
- Never trim corns or calluses yourself. Go to the doctor and let him do it for you if you do not want to risk a problem worse than this.
- Change your socks daily.
- Wear socks made up of natural fabrics ““ preferably cotton.
- Avoid wearing socks with tight elastic bands that hamper blood circulation.
- Wear socks to bed if your feet are cold during night.
- Wear comfortable shoes. Check for enough room for your toes so that they are not crammed inside.
- Always shake and inspect your shoe before wearing. Jerk out dust and pebbles that might have come in.
- Make use of orthotics or footwear specially designed for diabetic feet.
- Never walk out barefoot. You may end up injuring yourself.
- Avoid smoking as it restricts blood circulation in your feet.
- Visit a good podiatrist to get your feet examined every few months.