April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and a reminder that one should take care of their feet.
Despite feet being an integral part of one’s body, foot pain, soreness and foot ulcers are some of the last things to be referred to a doctor.
Nevertheless, when it comes to foot care, diabetics need to be extra cautious about their feet health as a small cut if not treated or looked after can result in an infection.
Most diabetics suffer from nerve damage and this increases the risk of one hurting their feet. When one’s nerve is damaged, they lose the sensation on their feet and many end up injuring their foot unknowingly. Many times, diabetics only realise that they have injured their foot when it is badly infected. In worst cases, gangrene creeps in and the leg may be amputated.
Here are 4 Quick Tips to Care for your feet especially if you are diabetic:
1. Prevent blood sugar spikes
- Always check your blood sugar levels using a glucometer.
- Manage your carbohydrate and sugar intake accordingly.
- Take insulin or oral diabetic medications on time.
2. Inspect your feet daily
- Check your feet and between the toes for any injuries daily.
3. Protect your feet from injury
- Wash your feet daily with mild soap and warm water and then dry them carefully — between the toes as well.
- Apply a little lotion on the top and bottom of feet to prevent cracks and dryness that can invite infection.
- Wear well-fitting, comfortable shoes that protect your feet.
4. Get help when you have problems or questions
- If you have numb, tingling feelings on your feet or if your wound takes too long to heal, check with your doctor.
Do share these tips with your family and friends as it may be helpful for them.
Diabetes Foot Care Tips. American Diabetes Association.