Diabetics are more prone to various foot problems than those without diabetes due to the development of painful nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect your entire body, but most often the legs and feet are the most prone areas to serious health complications. “I’ve had the bottom of my foot cut because they shaved it too close,” diabetic Sharon La Grange told Channel 8 News Las Vegas. As a result, you could sustain a serious cut or wound and not even notice your foot is injured until an infection begins. Many diabetic foot problems can be prevented in some measure with improved blood sugar control and a strengthened immune system. This means that you need to give thought towards your nail care, especially if you are considering a pedicure! It will often take years for patients to realize how significant loss of sensation in their feet really is.
By examining your feet daily, and after every injury, you are taking a crucial step to preventing serious foot problems. That, in turn, can allow otherwise small problems, like blisters, to deteriorate into ulcers. For the most part people with diabetes are entirely unaware that they need to take special care of their feet and should visit a podiatrist at once, if a problem occurs. – Protect your skin: Cancel your appointment if you have any cuts, abrasions, bug bites, scratches, scabs, bruises, or allergic reactions on your feet. Your pedicure experience starts with a relaxing soak in a warm whirlpool bath to soften and hydrate your skin. Decreases Chances of Infections Clipping, cutting and cleaning of the toenails prevents them from growing inward, which can lead to infection. Wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap.
After washing, make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, especially in-between the toes. You may also apply non-irritating moisturizer to prevent cracks and to keep your feet smooth. Do not wear any socks with holes. Moisturizes effectively without leaving a greasy residue. And never attempt to cut your own bunions or corns as this can lead to infection, as well. Instead, remember to visit your podiatrist for safe and pain free removal. Diabetes is serious, especially when your feet are involved.
Early detection and simple care are just a few things that can be done to control and prevent complications as they arise. Your podiatrist plays a critical role in the prevention and management of complications of the foot in diabetics. Most importantly, make sure your technician practices impeccable sanitation procedures and refers you to a qualified podiatrist if necessary.