Diabetes Education

Additional Diabetes Information:

Diabetes is a disease that comes about due to the fact that one's body cannot produce enough insulin or it can use the insulin properly. Many diabetes sufferers have issues when it comes to their feet. In this article I am going to discuss some of the ways that diabetes sufferers can use to keep their feet looking great.

The body transforms the food that we eat into a form of sugar known as glucose. Insulin is the hormone responsible for allowing the glucose to penetrate the cells of the body so that it can be used for energy. When people suffer from diabetes, their body cannot produce enough insulin or it cannot use it properly. Due to this, over time, the build of glucose in the body can damage the body's blood vessels and nerves.

Damage to the nerves result in people experiencing a burning pain or loosing feeling in a part of the body. This is known as diabetic neuropathy. One of the areas where this occurs is in the feet. Usually there is not enough of a blood supply to this area which can result in tissue damage and loss of sensation.

However there are certain things that people can do in order to ensure that their feet remain in a good condition.

Check your feet

It is important to examine your feet on a daily basis. Because there can be a loss of feeling in the feet, one might not realise that things such as blisters have formed. If left unattended this can worsen and result in ulcers. If these are not treated there can become infected which would mean a trip to the hospital and in very extreme cases amputation.

Keep it clean

It is important that you start a daily regimen of cleaning your feet, if you do not already have one. You should do this at the end of every before heading to bed. This will minimise the risk of an infection as all of the days dirt will be washed away. Wash your feet with lukewarm water and mild soap.

Ensure that your dry them well and pay special attention to the areas between your toes. You can apply a mild foot lotion afterwards. In order to keep your feet dry, use a non-medicated foot powder before putting or socks or shoes. Check your feet daily. If you cannot reach to see underneath your feet, you could use a mirror or have someone close to check your feet for you. Be sure not to self-treat any calluses. Consult your doctor should your find anything out of the ordinary. Try not get your feet get too hot or too cold. Always wear shoes and never go barefoot.

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