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Foot Care for the Diabetic


Diabetic Foot Pain

If you have diabetes, seemingly minor nerve foot pain problems can pose serious threats to your health. The disease often damages the blood vessels that feed the feet, which means small wounds will heal slowly and can even develop gangrene. In many cases, what started out as a simple corn or blister becomes a life-threatening infection that forces amputation of the foot or leg. To complicate things further, diabetes can also deaden the nerves in the feet, making it easy to overlook minor wounds as they fester and worsen.

For these reasons, people with diabetes have to be extra vigilant about foot care, especially if they’ve had the disease for several years. Here are some tips for maintaining healthy feet and especially avoid nerve foot pain:

Take care of your diabetes. Keep your blood glucose in your target range with the help of your health care team.

Keep your feet clean. Wash them every day in warm water and dry them carefully. You can use a moisturizer to keep the skin from drying out, but don’t put it between your toes. Wear soft, absorbent, clean socks made of natural fibers such as cotton, and change them often. This is the most effective foot pain treatment.

Check your feet every day. Call your foot doctor or podiatrist promptly if you find a corn or callus or if you have a cut, scrape, blister, or bruise that doesn’t start to heal within one day. Never use over-the-counter solutions to remove corns.

Always wear socks and shoes while walking around — going barefoot invites minor injuries that may not heal properly — and wear socks at night if your feet get cold. In addition, make sure the inner lining of your shoes is smooth, and carefully trim your toenails each week.

Keep the blood flowing. When your feet get tired, sit down and put them up for a while. Wiggle your toes and ankles for a few minutes, two or three times every day. Don’t cross your legs for long periods, and above all, don’t smoke.

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