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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Foot Care For Diabetes Sufferers

By Fabian Estrada

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Then, it would make sense that it should get the proper attention it deserves. Your skin requires proper cleansing and moisturizing on a regular basis.

Due to the fact that the lowering of circulation resulting from neuropathy, infections could be very tricky to treat. One of the most serious complications that can result from an infection is Gangrene. This could lead to amputation as it causes the death of infected tissue.

A very important habit to develop is to check your feet every day. Due to the numbness caused by neuropathy, it can be very difficult to detect injuries and sores on the feet. Check your feet and every morning before putting your socks on. Pay close attention to the heels and sides of your feet. Carefully inspect the whole surface of the bottom of the foot. If you are having trouble in seeing the bottom of your foot, try using a mirror or have a relative inspect them for you.

You should massage your feet with a moisturizing cream that conditions and exfoliates. This will help to gently remove dead skin and soften calluses around the toes, heels and bottoms. Special care should be given to your toe nails. Make sure that you keep your toe nails trimmed to a proper length. This is will minimize the possibility of development of ingrown toe nails.
If calluses or ingrown nails do appear, do not try to treat these conditions yourself. Always seek professional help from you doctor. They would be able to perform a proper diagnosis and prescribe the correct treatment options.

In order to take proper care of your feet, you must ensure that you use the correct footwear at all times. Whatever you do you should always ensure that you wear either slipper or closed shoes. This is ensure that your feet are protected from dirt and dust and thus from a possible infection. Make sure that the shoes you wear are the correct fit for your foot type. You might consider consulting the local sport shoe store in assisting in finding the right fitting pair of shoes.Many of the local sport apparel stores have specially trained people that will able to assist you with finding right shoes for you.

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