Diabetes is the highest cause of amputations in the Western world, which is why it is important to check your feet daily and notify your health team of any signs of damage.
Foot care tips for diabetics
There are a number of healthcare tips that should be adhered to in order to make sure your feet stay as healthy as possible.
When checking your feet you will be looking for signs of damage and looking for any signs that may indicate any loss of sensation or blood circulation in the feet.
If you cannot check your feet, ask someone to check your feet for you.
Check your feet for any signs of damage including:
If you have signs of foot damage, seek immediate advice from your health care professional. If your foot damage is treated in the wrong way, or left untreated, it could lead to more serious damage occurring.
Check your feet for ingrown toenails, corns, and calluses. These can lead to infections setting in and so it’s important that these are treated correctly. Contact your health team for advice on how these conditions should be treated.
Nerve damage is a relatively common complication of diabetes which is important to diagnose as it can lead to foot problems developing.
Signs of nerve damage include:
- A tingling or pins and needles feeling in the feet or legs
- A burning or hot sensation in the feet
- Feet sweating less than usual
Contact you doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
As with nerve damage, poor blood circulation can also lead to a higher chance of developing foot problems.
Signs of loss of blood circulation include:
- Cold or pale feet
- Thickened toe nails
- Loss of hair on your feet or legs
- Experiencing cramp in your calves
Examine your feet yourself
Feet are somewhat like teeth. It is easy to ignore mild problems with them, hoping that they will go away. However, the best course of action is to regularly examine your own feet for the slightest sign of ulcers or problems.
This can be particularly important if you are suffering from poor circulation and numbness. Treat any cut, graze, bruise or mark with suspicion: either treat it yourself or consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Also be aware of cracking from dry skin becoming ulcerated over time. Take extreme care of your feet, making sure that your socks and footwear are comfortable and fit well. If your eyesight has diminished due to diabetes, make sure that a professional is on hand to examine your feet and cut your nails.
Manage your diabetes
Strictly controlling your diabetes with an aggressive treatment regime, healthy diet and lifestyle, and an appropriate amount of exercise means that you are less likely to suffer from foot complications, such as foot ulcers.
Supplements to manage diabetes and increase blood flow
Taking the Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets with each meal, can help to control blood glucose levels to prevent nerve damage and other diabetic complications. You can also use the Manna Blood Circulation Support to increase blood flow the areas which are already damaged.