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Diabetic Foot

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  • Foot problems are common complications for people with diabetes.  These include callus, dry skin with peeling and cracks, Foot Ulcers and other foot deformities.
  • There is no such thing as a trivial foot problem.  Even the smallest problems with the foot can result in serious complications.

  • Diabetic Neuropathy -- neuropathy is one of the most common complications of diabetes.  Individuals with neuropathy lose their ability to feel pain, heat and cold, so they can injure the feet without even knowing it.  Neuropathy can also lead to the foot deformities.
  • Poor circulation -- diabetes causes the narrowing of blood vessels, leading to poor circulation of the lower legs and feet.  The skin healing may be delayed because of a poor oxygen and nutrition supply.  Poor circulation can also contribute to other skin problems, such as swelling and dryness.

  • Diabetic foot care

- The do's and don'ts of diabetic foot care:

    1. Check your feet everyday
    2. Keep your blood sugar in control
    3. Wash your feet every day and dry them carefully, especially between the toes, because the skin tends to be dry.
    4. Apply lotion after washing the feet. Do not apply lotions between the toes since it may cause a fungal infection.
    5. Before washing, check the water temperature with your hand or elbow.
    6. Keep your feet warm and wear loose socks to bed.
    7. Avoid exposure to snow or rain.
    8. Trim your toe nails straight across. Do not cut the corners!
    9. Wear clean, dry socks every day
    10. Exercise everyday to maintain good circulation
    11. Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes
    12. Do not walk barefoot
    13. Be careful not to decrease the blood supply to the feet

      • Do not cross your legs when sitting
      • Do not smoke since this may cause the narrowing of blood vessels.
      • Do not wear tight shoes, socks and stockings that can decrease the circulation.

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