Diabetes is not awful; however, diabetic complications are really awful, as they may cause severe outcomes, such as amputation caused by diabetic foot, blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy. What can we do once we got diabetes to avoid diabetic foot? Here ReLife’s specialist will share you some tips on how to take care of diabetic foot.
1. Check for any injury on your feet carefully daily!
Inspect both feet for any minor injury, laceration and boils on daily basis, especially between the toes and under the foot. Any open wound may cause infection which will eventually lead to ulcer. If the ulcer lasts for a long time, even minor injury may be the onset of severe gangrene.
2. How to wash and dry your feet.
Use warm water instead of hot water to wash your feet with neutral soap. Gently dry your feet by patting after soaking them for five to ten minutes, carefully dry between the toes.
3. Consider a feet spa.
Use moisturizer to massage your feet for any scale or cuticle. Foot massage may also promote blood circulation. For sweaty feet, you may apply a small amount of talcum powder to keep your feet dry.
4. Avoid coldness on your feet.
Keep your feet warm by wearing socks, never use a heating pad or hot water bottle and do not expose your feet to direct sunlight.
5. Medication and maintenance of feet.
Do not apply any iodine or alcohol type of medication to sanitize your feet, use the right type of bandit if you ever get injured on your feet. Be extra careful when dealing with your nails, callus or calvus. Make sure you get instant medical attention if you have athlete foot.
6. Say no to smoking.
Smoking is a dangerous habit and it can cause vasospasm and aggravate the ischemic condition. Therefore, cutting off cigarette is a must and avoid second hand smoke is necessary too. Diabetic foot is the most common seen diabetic complications happened in winter. So take care of your foot if you want to have a happy and safe summer.
7. What kind of shoes fit your feet?
Choose the right type of shoes is important. Pay attention the flexibility, ventilation and material when choosing your shoes. Keep dry of your shoes and change your shoes as often as necessary. If you purchase a new pair of leather shoes, take some time to fit your feet in the new shoes. Inspect for any swelling or bruise and get proper medical attention if there is any.