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Taking Care of Your Feet

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Taking Care of Your Feet

By Nina Nazor

High blood glucose levels affect the nerves of your feet. This could mean that over a long period of time and/or uncontrolled blood sugar levels, some of the feeling in your feet may be lost. You may not be able to detect an injury to your feet because of this lack of sensation.

High blood glucose levels also affect your circulation, and poor circulation is related to delayed healing, increasing the chances of complications such as infection. Also, smoking when you have diabetes damages your arteries affecting blood flow to your feet and legs.

These two problems can work together to cause a foot problem.

For example, you may not feel the pain from the blister because you have nerve damage in your foot. If he blister gets infected and your blood glucose is high, the extra glucose feeds the germs. Germs grow and the infection gets worse. Poor blood flow to your legs and feet can slow down healing. If the infection does not heal it can cause gangrene and then the doctor may have to do surgery to cut off a toe, foot, or part of a leg.

That´s why you must take care of your feet every day as well as keeping your blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible.

Please be aware of any:

·  Blisters

·  Scratches

·  Cuts

·  Calluses

And if you find any wound that is not healing in a couple of days, or if you notice the wound is getting red, swollen, painful and infected, see your doctor immediately.

To care of your feet every day you must:

·  Wash your feet and dry them carefully with a towel, specially in the area between your toes, where humidity can lead to fungus.

·  After you dry them, apply lotion on your skin and put some powder between your toes to keep them dry.

·  Use an emery board to trim your nails instead of cutting them. Be careful with pedicure and manicure.

·  Avoid using abrasive solutions. If you have a wound, wash it with soap and see your doctor.

·  Never walk barefoot.

·  Choose the best and more comfortable shoes.

·  Avoid high heels.

·  Look for shoes made with leather.

·  Wear new shoes for only two hours at a time.

·  Check the inside of each shoe before you put them on.

Remember, prevention is the key to healthy feet when you have diabetes.

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