Did you know that if you have diabetes, you are more prone to feet related problems than a person without diabetes? This is because diabetes damages your body’s nerves and constraints blood flow to and from your feet. Failing to take proper care of your foot may even lead to serious complications! But do not panic, as here are some wonderful tips and secrets to keep your feet safe from these imminent dangers especially during those colder days.
The Easy Bit
Make sure you take care of your feet using basic hygienic procedures-Wash your feet with soap and dry them off immediately on a daily basis. This can do more than you think.
Not only does this regulates your foot’s circulatory system, but also prevents harmful infections from occurring through possible cuts in your feet.
Since you are constantly and inevitably in contact with the dirty ground, there is a higher chance that harmful bacteria may enter your body through your feet.
Analysing Your Feet
Damp and moist winters are the bacteria’s favourite time. So you might have to be a bit more careful about your feet.
Constantly checking your feet for scratches, moles, blister, etc., can go a long way regarding identifying an imminent problem before hand so that you may be able to counter the threats immediately.
It is important to watch for ingrown toenails as they are a bacteria hotspot too.
Also, analysing your foot means, not stressing your foot out while doing strenuous feet related tasks like walking the treadmill. It is not a healthy thing to do if your feet are in such a condition.
This being said, make sure to cover your foot up with socks or slippers. Never decide to wing it and go barefoot.
Change Is a Good Thing
Wearing something protective over your feet during winters is very useful in protecting them as opposed to going barefoot. It is also very crucial to regularly change your socks or wash your slippers because bacterial build-up in your feet is in a way quite literally “Shooting yourself in the foot”!
When to See A Doctor
Knowing when to stop self-analysing things is paramount.
While most of the times, seeking professional help is unnecessary, it is important to know when to schedule an appointment with your doctor so he/she may have a closer look at the problems you are facing.
Prevention is always better than cure, so a monthly visit to the doctor to check up on those feet will be worth it.
Some common “Doctor-Visit Worth” symptoms are skin blackening, redness, ingrown toenails, bunions, and general infections of any sort.
Don’t forget to shake your feet a little to keep that circulatory system kicking.
Blood flow is very important for your feet, and an individual without diabetes will not have a problem with their blood reaching their foot as gravity is working for them, but a diabetes patient will have the extra countering of tighter nerves that construct blood flow especially during the colder days.
Walking is also a good natural way of stimulating some much-needed blood movements in your feet.
Reading Is Not Enough
Though it might seem a little too simple, whatever you just read is not being followed by most people with diabetes, and as a result, they miss out on any chances of preventing something dangerous from happening to their feet.
Rest assured; these are all basic tips that if followed can decrease the chance of your feet getting affected due to your diabetes drastically.
The best part about it is that it costs nothing extra. All it takes is for you to pay a little more attention to your feet every day.
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