Have Diabetes? Don’t Ignore Your Foot Problems

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-17-2013
Have Diabetes? Don’t Ignore Your Foot Problems
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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 2:03am

Peripheral Neuropathy is one of the common side effects of diabetes, which can cause insensitivity, or a loss of sensation in the extremities to feel pain, heat, and cold in a diabetic person. It is very important for a diabetic person to take care of foot related injuries and wear specially designed shoes for diabetic.

Diabetic foot problems have become common throughout the world today. People with diabetes are quite at risk of developing many different foot problems. Even the ordinary foot problem can become painful and can lead to serious complications. Minor injuries can easily become major infections among diabetics so it is always advised not to avoid your foot problems.

Diabetes and foot pain are very closely related, and foot pain can be taken as the warning sign of diabetes.  Diabetes can limit blood supply to your feet and cause a loss of feeling. Proper foot care with wearing diabetics shoes is very essential for a diabetic person, as wounds to the feet may take much longer to heal.  Therefore, it is very important to prevent them in the first place. So a diabetic person is always advised to do a routine self-inspection of each foot.

As the connection between diabetes and foot problems is clear, there are hundreds of diabetic footwear options available in the market. These diabetic shoes for men are designed in such a way so as to provide complete support to the feet while also helping in improving the circulation and blood flow.  Choosing and wearing proper fit diabetic shoe, complete with custom insoles, can prevent the feet from injuries and further irritation. By wearing diabetic shoes on a regular basis, you can make sure that your feet won’t have complications in the future.  Diabetic footwear plays an important role in helping your feet, even if you are taking good care of your health getting your sugar levels checked regularly.

A healthy diet along with regular exercises with men’s & women’s diabetic shoes is vital for all the diabetic people in order to improve one’s cardiovascular health, improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Always remember that making some small changes in your life if you have diabetes can surely help you to reduce your blood sugar levels for a longer run.

You should consume diabetes specific food available in the market that can help you in reducing the impact of diabetes by helping to regulate your blood sugar.  You are also advised to have a carbohydrates free diet to prevent diabetes in the future.  A healthy eating plan, exercise and medication on the regular basis can help a diabetic person live a healthy, happy and fit lifestyle.
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008

I had no idea foot pain was a symtpom of diabetes. This information is very helfpul. What else can you tell me?

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998

Kay,

Basically you need to treat your feet as if they were crown jewels! Most of the amputations done are because of complications of diabetes. Taking care of your feet is one of the first things that diabetics need to learn. Feet should be washed and inspected on a daily basis. Lotion can be applied to your feet to keep the skin soft but do not put it between the toes as you do not want to keep moisture there. Wear shoes at all times. It is also recommended that diabetics not get pedicures. I know some do but you stand a higher chance of getting cuts and infections. I am going to put together a better list later today so please watch for it.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-25-2013
Mon, 03-04-2013 - 8:34pm

Maryfrances,

You are a wealth of wonderful information! My husband has to have specially made shoes that are molded from his feet. Since his surgery he takes very good care of his feet. Soaking them at least every other day and using a scrubber to remove any and all calluses, as that is how he discovered the issue in the first place.

Exactly what you said happened to him, he cut his feet on coral when we were on vacation and didn't notice the infection till a couple of months later. He was so very very lucky to only had a bit of surgery and that it didn't reach the bone.

I am just so proud of him how he has been so very careful now and takes much better care of himself and his feet. I cannot imagine loosing him at such a young age.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998

Congratulations on getting this under control. So very often there is a sore under a callus and the person doesn't notice it until it is too late. Also walking on hot sand can burn feet and people don't realize that. I am so glad things are turning out well for all of you.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-17-2013
thank you for adding a another suggestion from you
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-17-2013
A person with diabetes could be suffering from extensive damage to the nervous system and therefore, he or she may not be able to feel his or her feet properly and suffering from diabetes foot problems. Even when friction occurs, they may not be able to sense it. Further complicating the condition is the fact that sweat and oil secretion vital in lubricating the skin of the foot could be highly impaired so that even a little friction can cause skin breaks, ulcers and difficult-to-cure foot sores.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-17-2013
A person with diabetes could be suffering from extensive damage to the nervous system and therefore, he or she may not be able to feel his or her feet properly and suffering from diabetes foot problems. Even when friction occurs, they may not be able to sense it. Further complicating the condition is the fact that sweat and oil secretion vital in lubricating the skin of the foot could be highly impaired so that even a little friction can cause skin breaks, ulcers and difficult-to-cure foot sores.