Article written by: Sandra Volchko RN, MSN, CPHQ
Diabetic feet - If you or a loved one has diabetes it is important for you to understand the relationship between diabetes and foot care. Why? Because diabetes causes:
1.Nerve Damage People who have diabetes often have less feeling in their feet than the average person. Diabetics may not be able to feel when they have a sore or blister on their foot which may require medical attention.
2. Decreased Blood Flow to Feet and Legs Less blood flow to the legs and feet make it difficult for the body to heal. Just a tiny cut or blister can lead to a diabetic foot complication.
Nerve damage leads to undetected diabetic foot pain from cuts, blisters and ulcers. Pair this with decreased blood flow and you have sores which are very difficult to heal. Often these sores get infected and can lead to amputation of the affected limb. It is very important for diabetics to know how to care for their feet to avoid these complications.
Look at your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, sores, dry cracks, corns, calluses, and tenderness. Use a mirror to look at hard to see areas. DON?T treat these problems yourself. Call your doctor if you see anything suspicious, and have them look at your feet at your regular check-up.
Wash and dry your feet every day. Use warm water and mild soap to wash your feet. Dry them well and apply foot cream to prevent cracking. DON?T put lotion between your toes; this can lead to fugal infections.
Wear shoes and socks to protect your feet. DON?T go bare foot, you may cut or hurt your feet. Wear well fitting shoes and socks that are roomy.
Wiggle your toes. Keep the blood flowing in your feet by wiggling your toes and flexing your ankles periodically throughout the day. Avoid crossing your legs and put your feet up when sitting.
Watch your blood sugar levels Using diabetic recipes like those found on this site will help you monitor and control your diet and keep your diabetes under control. Which, will help with caring for your diabetic feet.
IMPORTANT: I am not qualified in nutrition or medicine. Diabetes is a serious disease that requires medical attention by a professional. The recipes on this site should not be taken as medical advice. Always use caution when reading a recipe, and always pay attention to exchange sizes. Blood glucose levels can be affected by not following individual dietary guidelines that are set in place by a medical physician. Some of the recipes do use small amounts of sugar. Please check with your physician first. Recipes with sugar are not suitable for all diabetics.