The feet are affected by symptoms of diabetes more than any other area of the body. Decreased blood flow, nerve damage, and skin and tissue problems are a few of the factors that can be particularly damaging to your feet, making it difficult to walk and heal after injury. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to minimize these effects on your feet and speed up the healing process.
- Proper Shoes and Socks
Any irritation to your feet will worsen the symptoms of diabetes. Since diabetic’s feet are more fragile, any aggravation, pressure, or friction can cause damage, lead to injury, or slow the healing of a former injury. Make sure your socks and shoes fit properly, but not too tightly, and that your feet are adequately cushioned. Pay special attention to the area around your toes, ensuring sure your shoe isn’t constricting your foot. Your socks should be made of natural fibers and should not be too tight. Changing socks regularly can keep moisture to a minimum and reduce risk of infection. Your doctor may recommend compression stockings to improve circulation.
Treating sores, ulcers, lesions, and dryness on your feet is very important. Infection can develop quickly without protective ointments and disinfecting products. Keeping your feet clean will keep them as healthy and strong as possible.
- Nail Care
Diabetics should pay attention to their toenails and have them regularly cut and trimmed. Toenails can become ingrown, causing damage and swelling to the toe. If the feet are somewhat numb or lacking sensation, then closed-in shoes may begin to cause ingrown toenails without the patient noticing immediately.
Lifeline Medical & Diabetic has an excellent range of products for patients living with diabetes. We carry specialized footwear to provide the gentle support needed for comfortable walking. We also have a wide selection of ointments and creams for keeping feet clean, comfortable, and healthy. To find out more about our products and supplies, give us a call at (888) 719-4870 or visit our website.