One of the issues to be considered in diabetes is feet. One of the frequently asked questions about diabetes is foot care. How is foot care done in diabetes, why? Although the blood flow in the feet slows down, the diabetes that causes serious problems, should be considered in foot care. Dr. Alper Çelik shared important information. Here are 18 ways to protect feet from diabetes!
A SMALL FOOT CUT VERY IMPORTANT!
Diabetes can be dangerous for your feet, even a small cut can have serious consequences. Diabetes can cause nerve damage that causes your feet to become numb and can also slow blood flow to the feet, making it harder to heal wounds or reduce infection resistance. Because of all these problems, you may not notice a foreign object in your shoe. As a result, your foot will swell or become sore. This can lead to infection or wounds that do not heal, which can lead to a limb cut.
If your feet are cold at night, wear socks. Never use a heating pad or hot water bottle. Such products can cause you to burn your feet unknowingly due to numbness caused by your diabetes.
Keep your diabetes under control
Work with your health care team to keep the blood glucose level within the target range. Keeping your diabetes under control and constant attention is the main rule for solving many problems.
CHECK YOUR FEET EVERY DAY
Take a certain time for foot control every day. Check daily to see if there are red spots, cuts, swelling, cracks, injuries, flushing or nail problems while standing bare. Use a magnifying hand mirror to see the sole of the foot or ask someone for help. If anything catches your attention, contact your doctor.
Wash your feet with warm water every day
Keep your feet clean by washing them daily. Wash your feet with lukewarm water, where newborn babies are washed. Do not wash your feet with hot water. When drying, especially make sure that the toes are not moist. Prolonged moisture between the fingers triggers fungal growth in these parts.
Gently wash your feet
Use a soft soap cloth or sponge. Gently wipe the toes between the toes and dry carefully.
DO NOT MOISTURE THE FINGER INTERVALS
Keep your foot skin soft and smooth. Apply moisturizing cream on the skin of the feet against avoidance or cracks caused by dry skin. But do not moisten between your toes to prevent fungal infection. Rub the top and bottom of your feet with a thick layer of skin lotion, do not rub it between the toes.
CUT THE FOOT NAILS CAREFULLY
Cut the nails straight and file the edges. Do not cut the nails too short. This causes the toenails to grow under the skin. If you have problems with your nails, consult your doctor.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TREAT YOUR OWN HEAD
Do not use things like bath surgery or callus patches. Consult your doctor for the necessary treatment. Since calluses are common, they are perceived as insignificant, but it is also important to conduct callus treatment with your doctor for your health.
ALWAYS WEAR SOCKS AND SHOES
Never walk barefoot. Wear comfortable shoes that fit and protect your feet. Check inside before wearing your shoes. Make sure the shoe sole is flat and free of anything. Wear clean and dry socks: Change your socks every day.
SHAKE YOUR SHOE AND CHECK INSIDE BEFORE WEAR
Remember, your foot may not feel a stone or foreign body inside, so always check inside before wearing your shoes.
Consider buying from specially produced socks for diabetics
These socks are extra soft, no rubber, above the ankle and made from fibers that remove moisture from the skin. You can use this type of socks in order to provide the necessary conditions for your foot health. However, make sure that these socks are approved by authorized organizations and are truly products for diabetics.
KEEP YOUR FEET HOT AND DRY
Do not let your feet get wet in the rain or snow. Wear warm socks and water and cold-proof shoes in winter.
PROTECT YOUR FOOT FROM HOT AND COLD
Wear shoes on the beach and on hot roads. Do not put your feet in hot water. Check if the water temperature is warm in the baby bath. Never use a hot water bottle, heater pad or electric blanket.
Consider USING ANTI-SWEAT ANKLE ON THE FOOT BASE
Professor Dr. Alper Çelik, saying that if you have excessive sweating in your feet, this may be a good solution.
NEVER WALK OUT
Even at home! Always wear shoes or slippers. You can press something and injure your foot.
DO NOT THROW THE LEG ON THE LEG
Raise your feet high while sitting. Move your toes and move your ankles up or down for 5 minutes 2 or 3 times a day. Do not cross your legs for a long time.
DO NOT USE SMOKING
Smoking limits blood flow to your feet and also causes vascular occlusion. Not only for people with diabetes, but for all people, the harms of smoking are precise and should not be used.
REGULAR FOOT INSPECTION
Regular visits to the foot and ankle surgeon will help prevent complications from diabetes.