Diabetes Foot Care Tips for Better Health

Diabetes Foot Care Tips for Better Health

Suffering from Foot Diabetes? You should start following these tips today!
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Diabetes can cause your feet double trouble. First of all, diabetes may reduce the flow of blood to your feet, which deprives them of nutrients and oxygen. That makes it hard for cuts, sores and blisters to heal. Second of all, peripheral neuropathy, which is diabetic nerve damage, may cause your feet to go numb. When you are unable to feel blisters and cuts, you are much more likely to end up with infections and sores.

If you don't treat or even notice the sore, they may become deeply infected which can result in amputation.

Another thing that can be caused by diabetic peripheral neuropathy is sharp pain in the feet. You might end up being extremely sensitive to even the slightest touch, such as from sheets on a bed.

Fortunately, a bit of TLC can go a long way towards preventing having foot problems that are caused by diabetes.

1. Thoroughly check both of your feet every day.

Carefully check your feet on a daily basis, and make sure that you also check in between our toes. Infections and blisters may start in between your toes, and you might not feel it until they become infected or irritated with diabetic neuropathy.

If you have any physical challenges that prevents you from being able to check your feet, ask for help from a family member.

2. Wash with warm water - not hot.

Briefly wash both feet every day using warm water. You might not feel how hot the water is with your feet, so use your hands first to test the water. Avoid soaking in water for too long, since waterlogged sores will have a more difficult time healing.

Dry your feet immediately, and don't forget to gently dry in between your toes.

3. Be sure that your shoes fit correctly

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It is a very worthwhile investment. Even the slightest misfit or rubbing shoe may cause a blister than then turns into a sore which gets infected and doesn't heal.

Purchase better-fitting shoes or maybe try a different pair of socks, even when you have only minor signs of irritation or redness, since you might not feel it getting worse. Prior to put on shoes or buying them, check out the shoes for any sharp edges, rough seams or any other kinds of objects that might hurt your feet. Then gradually break your shoes in. Orthotic soles can be a good option and provide the support that stops longer term issues.

4. Avoid going barefoot.

Always wear slippers or shoes. Always wear socks with shoes, given that man made, plastic or leather shoe materials might irritate your skin and cause blisters.

Although you might prefer how thin socks, nylon knee-highs or hose look, you might find that they don't give your heels or toes enough protection. Wear thicker cocks in order to cushion any sore sports or calluses and to provide your feet with padding.

5. Speak up.

Quite often nerve damage is unpredictable. Keep your doctor informed about changes with sensation in your legs, feet or toes. Speak up also if you notice any pins-and-needles, tingling, or any other signs that are unusual - even if it seems minor. A potential foot amputation is not something to mess around with.

6. Stay soft yet dry

Your skin might be cracked and dry due to the high glucose levels. Also when you have cracked skin it more difficult for infections to heal and easier for bacteria to reach under your skin. Use a little bit of skin lotions every day, but also make sure that your feet feel dry, and no sticky or damp, afterward. Try to keep the lotion out from between your toes.

To avoid getting ingrown toenails, keep your toenails filed smooth and trimmed. You might find that trimming your nails is easier after using lotion on them, when the cuticles are softer.

After bathing or showering use a pumice stone to softly file down calluses or corns.

7. Try doing non-impact exercise.

Tai chi, yoga, cycling and swimming are all very popular exercises methods that also minimally impact your feet. Before starting on any exercise program speak with your doctor first.

8. Fix hammertoes, corns and bunions.

You have a classic bunion if your big toe sharply slants in towards your other toes, and there is a large bump on your big toe's knuckle. Corns are spots of rough, thick skin, where there is a build up of tissue on the toes that are barraged constantly by too much pressure or rubbing. A hammertoe, which is a buckled-under toe, can be due to muscle weakness that diabetic nerve damage causes. These all make it hard to comfortably fit shoes.

A god podiatrist will be able to help you to care for your feet better and fix these problems.

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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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Did you ever stop and think about how important "me time" is?

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I know it's not everyone's first priority to think about just hanging out by themselves for a day, but why isn't it? Self-care is so important and some people don't do enough of it. Here are some way you can get some me time in, while still having a productive day.

Me time doesn't just mean relaxing

Yes, sometimes we all need a break, maybe it's just taking a long shower, laying in bed for an extra hour, or treating yourself to a yummy dessert. But, having me time doesn't necessarily mean you can't be productive. Have yourself a day and learn to enjoy your own company. Being around family and friends is certainly nice, but sometimes taking some time to yourself and collecting your own thoughts is good for your health.

It's okay to say no

No thanks. It's something that some people don't realize that it's okay to say no, just let them know beforehand. Such a cleshay, but it's not going to change anything if you say no to hanging out with your friends for one night. Take a night off and put on a movie or your favorite tv show and chill in bed with some of your favorite snacks.

Schedule it

We schedule classes and dentist appointments in our daily lives, but why don't we schedule me time? Sometimes just telling yourself that you're going to give yourself 20 minutes before your next task gives you a time dedicated to relax and collect your thoughts. It may seem funny to think about, but this is how you will be able to fully remind yourself, and hold yourself accountable, to giving yourself some alone time.

Treat yourself

Do it. Buy it. Now. Second guessing is first nature, but who needs a second opinion when your gut is telling you one thing? Once in awhile it's good to get yourself a sweet dessert or the new pair or shoes you've been eyeing.

Reflecting

Journaling is something that I spent a lot of time doing in High School, but once I entered College I never really had the time or motivation to do any reflecting. Reflecting on your life doesn't even mean writing it down in documentation, but even just taking 5 minutes before you fall asleep, let your thoughts sink in and evaluate certain things in your life you want to change, and cherish the moments that you will think about for the rest of your life.

Never feel guilty for taking time to yourself. Others will understand, but in the end, they're not you! Remember that taking me time is important for your overall health and encourage everyone around you to do it. Keep in mind that carving out some time for yourself is vital for the long run. Laugh and smile more.

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