Speaker: One of the important aspects of diabetes care is foot care. What is diabetic neuropathy? Diabetes can damage the nerves in the feet and legs. This can result in a loss of sensation of heat and cold, pins and needles, or possible numbness and burning sensations. This is known as neuropathy.
Diabetic foot causes: Due to nerve damage, injuries to the feet can go unnoticed or the wound heals slowly or is prone to infection. Hence, it is important to examine your feet regularly. Prevention is better than cure. Therefore, to prevent problems, it is important that you care for your feet.
Diabetic foot care tips: So, here are the steps for diabetic foot care and how to take care of your feet. Examine the feet daily. Check between the toes and underneath your feet. You may need to use a mirror. Look out for cuts, scratches, and blisters, any change in color, any discharge from a break or crack in the skin, any unusual swelling, and painful areas. Keep it clean and dry. Wash feet daily with a mild soap and lukewarm water. Dry feet thoroughly, especially between the toes, using a soft towel or tissue. For moist or sweaty skin between the toes, apply surgical spirit with cotton wool. Moisturize. To prevent dry skin, use moisturizing cream, but avoid applying between toes.
Trim the nails. When cutting toenails, follow the curve of the nail. Do not cut nails too short. Use a pair of nail nippers and file the nails to avoid sharp edges. Do not use razor blades, corn plaster, et cetera.
Shoes are a must. Choose shoes with a fastening, such as laces or Velcro, to hold the foot in place. Wear closed-in shoes with a deep, round toe. Always wear in new shoes gradually to prevent rubs or blisters. Avoid walking barefoot. Check shoes inside and out before putting them on. Change socks daily.
Consult your doctor in case of any foot injuries/scars/changes.
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