How to take care of your feet in Diabetes
Diabetes is a common lifestyle disorder that people of all ages are experiencing these days, but important are the pathies that are additionally experienced by the patients of chronic diabetes mainly in older patients like Retinopathy and Neuropathy.
Retinopathy to a layman is diminishing eye sight gradually with time.
Neuropathy refers to dysfunction of 1 or more peripheral nerves ultimately leading to numbness and weakness. ln case of diabetes, it is much related with foot region thus often referred to as a condition of DIABETIC FOOT.
People with diabetic foot often complain and relate to the following symptoms-
· Tingling sensation in feet.
· Nail of toes become thick, brittle, at times crushed or clustered and slightly yellowish in color.
· Zero sensation to heat, cold, touch, pain to any cut.
· Burning sensation
· Changes in normal skin textures of legs and foot.
· Development of corn with thick skin.
· Lower limbs often observed with external growths like blisters, sores which if not treated on time can lead to gangrene.
And many such symptoms related to foot are observed.
Diabetes itself is a lifestyle disorder and so are it’s related pathies which occur due patient’s negligence to eating and hygiene habits.
The first line of treatment is always prevention to any disease which can simply adopted by making few changes in daily habits and accepting the new ones.
· Do wear comfortable, well fitted, quality footwear.
· Maintain proper hygiene (timely cleaning the foot region after massive foot work)
· Avoid alcohol as it can worsen the condition
· Use medicated powders and medicated lotions
· Keep a check on corn formation and if observed then do not try to cut it by knife or blade rather approach the doctor soon.
· Change socks timely.
· Special care must be given to the patient who has already gone through surgery of any diabetic corn or ulcers to avoid the development of further infection.
To a patient diagnosed with diabetic foot, doctors often prescribe –
· Diabetic shoes
· Medicated shoe inserts to avoid corn and ulcer formation.
· Trimming of foot nails.
To seek doctor-
· For a patient, when he firsts realize the symptoms of developing a diabetic foot should consult doctor immediately.
· If you find the ulcer, corn or blister and nearby skin gradually turning black, then consult your physician as it may require surgical procedures.