People who suffer from diabetes are much more susceptible to foot problems, and even ordinary problems can easily become worse and develop into serious issues.
Generally speaking, foot problems come about due to nerve damage and poor blood circulation. This leads to many different complications that range from pain in the feet to complete loss of feeling. Let’s look at 6 of the most common foot-problems diabetics face…
- Neuropathy –
Neuropathy is the term used for nerve damage, and in the case of diabetes the damage is usually caused by the high sugar levels in the bloodstream.
Neuropathy can cause the affected area to hurt, but can just as easily cause a total lack of feeling where heat or cold cannot be told apart.
The latter can lead to various other problems with your feet as you may not feel when something is hurting your foot. You might get a cut, blister, or other injury without noticing it! In this way, a foot injury might go untreated and then it can become infected.
- Foot Skin Changes –
Changes in the skin on the feet can be a big consequence of nerve damage, as the nerves that control the oil and moisture in the feet no longer work the way they should.
The best way to manage this is to dry your feet after bathing, and then seal the remaining moisture in with a thin coat of plain petroleum jelly or plain hand cream.
Be careful not to put too much of it between your toes, as too much moisture here can lead to infection.
- Calluses –
Diabetics are much more prone to calluses on their feet, and the calluses also tend to build up faster. This happens due to the fact that the undersides of the feet are high-pressure areas.
Therapeutic shoes or inserts can go a long way in helping to sooth the discomfort or pain of calluses underneath your feet.
If calluses are not trimmed, they may become very thick and later break down and turn into ulcers (which are open sores). You should never try to trim them yourself, as this may increase the chance of them turning into ulcers or leading to an infection.
Rather visit a qualified healthcare professional to get them trimmed down properly.
Using a pumice stone every day will help keep calluses under control. It is best to use the pumice stone on wet skin. Put on lotion right after you use the pumice stone.
- Foot Ulcers –
As mentioned above, foot ulcers are open sores on the feet. They are usually found on the ball of the foot or beneath the big toe. Sometimes they develop on the side of the feet, which is usually due to ill-fitting shoes.
Ulcers can be very painful, but it is best to get them inspected and treated by a healthcare professional even if they are not.
If ulcers are left untreated, they may become infected which can lead to loss of a limb in some scenarios.
The treatment for ulcers varies depending on the cause of the ulcer, the stage at which it is at, where the ulcer is located, etc. This is why it is important to consult your doctor as soon as possible to find the right treatment for your ulcer.
If you have an ulcer underneath your foot, it is very important to stay off your feet as the pressure from walking can exacerbate it. Your doctor may give you a special shoe or brace to assist you in walking without causing further damage.
It is important to be very mindful even after your ulcer has healed, as the skin and scar tissue may break down easily.
If your ulcer is not healing and your circulation is poor, your health care provider may need to refer you to a vascular surgeon. Good diabetes control is important. High blood glucose levels make it hard to fight infection.
- Poor Circulation –
As mentioned earlier, poor blood circulation is a big contributor in diabetic foot problems. It can make it very difficult for ulcers and infections to heal, and also make them much more likely to happen.
Diabetes can cause poor blood circulation since it causes the blood vessels in the feet and legs to become narrower and to harden.
Symptoms of poor blood circulation are usually numbness, a tingly feeling, or pain and discomfort in the feet.
A big problem that many diabetics with poor circulation struggle with is the fact that their feet always feel cold. It is easy to burn your feet when trying to warm them up with things like hot water or hot water bottles since the lack of feeling in the feet makes it difficult to know when your feet are actually burning. The best way to warm up your feet is with thick, warm socks.
You can fight the effects of poor blood circulation by not smoking (this makes the blood vessels harden), as well as following a healthy diet, like the Manna Diet to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control.
Some people feel pain in their calves when walking fast, up a hill, or on a hard surface. This condition is called intermittent claudication. Stopping to rest for a few moments should end the pain. If you have these symptoms, you must stop smoking. See the Manna Diet eBook for a detailed walking program and get started. Some people can be helped with medication to improve circulation.
Exercise is good for poor circulation. It stimulates blood flow in the legs and feet. Walk in sturdy, good-fitting, comfortable shoes, but don’t walk when you have open sores.
- Amputation –
The risk of needing an amputation is far greater for people with diabetes than for people without it. This is due to the fact that many diabetics suffer from peripheral arterial disease (PAD) which reduces the blood flow to the legs and feet. Together with nerve disease, (which causes a loss of sensation) diabetics are much more prone to ulcers and infections that require amputation.
This is why it is important to always take good care of your feet. You should make sure to do daily inspections of your feet since you won’t always feel when you have an ulcer or infection.
If you do start to struggle with foot problems, make sure to consult your doctor so that he/she can help you follow the right procedures for treating your feet they way they should be treated.
Recommendation: Treatment and Prevention of Diabetes Foot Problems
With the right lifestyle changes it is possible to bring your blood sugar levels back to normal.
Eating healthy foods –
Low in fat, low calorie, but high fiber foods are the best option.
Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Make sure to strive for variety to help you achieve your goals without compromising taste or nutrition. Download the free Manna Diet e-Book for all the info, menu plans and recipes to help you achieve your weight loss goal.
Getting enough of the right exercise –
Aim for at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. Don’t let more than two days go by without some exercise, because exercise is one of the best ways to control blood sugar levels and to enhance blood circulation.
You don’t have to spend hours on end in the gym; just taking a brisk daily walk, riding your bike, swimming a few laps already goes a long way. If you can’t fit in a long workout, break it up into smaller sessions that you spread throughout the day.
We recommend including resistance training, such as weightlifting, twice a week.
Follow the Manna Diet for an easy-to-use diet and by taking the Manna Blood Sugar Support with each meal can help to regulate blood sugar levels in such a way as to suppress appetite and curb cravings.
When taken with food, the organic fibers and essential sugars in Manna Blood Sugar Support has a gelling effect, slowing down the release of glucose from the food to the blood stream. When blood sugar levels are under control, the body’s requirement for insulin will be less and therefore high insulin levels can reduce over time.
Healthy blood sugar levels can help to curb cravings, suppress appetite and it can also help to prevent diabetes health complications.
Manna Blood Sugar Support is the only certified organic blood sugar support supplement in the world. This supplement is manufactured in a FDA registered pharmaceutical facility under strict GMP-HACCP regulations for your safety.
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