Those with diabetes know that feet are some of the most problematic areas of the body. Because diabetes restricts blood flow to the extremities, the feet can be deprived of oxygen as well as nutrients. This can make sores such as blisters, more difficult to heal. Nerve damage can lead to numbness in your feet. As a diabetic, your feet may also more prone to infections. Taking proper care of your feet will help ensure that you won’t experience any unexpected pain or injuries. Inspect your feet daily to note any changes or problems as soon as possible.
Wear the Right Shoes
Wearing proper footwear can greatly help reduce the incidence of blisters and foot pain. Sometimes even a slight rubbing can cause a blister, which can easily become infected. Make sure your shoes fit well and always wear socks with your shoes. Make sure you’re wearing the right size. If your toes are rubbing, you likely need a different size or style of shoes.
Heal Your Skin
The skin on your feet can easily become dried and cracked. This occurs due to high glucose levels. When the skin is cracked it can make it easy for bacteria to enter, which can lead to an infection. Soften dry skin using lotion on a daily basis. If you are spending time at the gym or pool, always wear sandals to prevent bacteria from getting in and causing an infection or wart.
Prevent Foot Fungus
Foot fungus, such as athlete’s foot, can cause problems for those who are diabetic. To prevent foot fungus you need to reduce the potential for bacteria. Always dry your feet thoroughly after showering, since bacteria thrive in warm, damp places. Use foot powder to keep your feet dry while you’re walking or exercising.
Do Gentle Exercises
Staying active can help keep your feet stretched and working properly. This can help to avoid injury. Choose a low impact type of exercise such as yoga or swimming. Be sure to start a new exercise program slowing and consult with your doctor before you begin your regime.