Diabetic foot care is important for prevention and to avoid the risk of serious problems, such as amputation. Taking care of your feet will help in prevention, and noticing early symptoms can help in curing problems.
There are many symptoms associated with problems to your feet if you have diabetes. Noticing these symptoms early can be beneficial to your health. You should notify your doctor if you are experiencing constant pain or aching in your legs, feet, and buttocks. If you are experiencing swelling in your legs and ankles, this could be a sign of inflammation or infection and you should let your doctor know. Other signs of inflammation or infection can be shiny and hard skin on your legs, your hair has stopped growing, if you notice persistent drainage of pus and blood from a wound on your leg or feet, if you are experiencing difficulty walking, and have fever or chills. Any of these symptoms could be a sign of something serious.
Diabetes is a leading cause in nerve damage problems also. Therefore, if you notice numbness and tingling on a regular basis, this could be a sign of damage to your nerves. Recognizing these symptoms is a start to proper foot care.
Taking care of your feet at home to prevent any problems is important. Things you can do at home to prevent problems are to wear proper footwear that is not too tight and comfortable to walk in. Exercising daily is a great way to keep the circulation going in your legs. Exercise is important for diabetics as part of the diet also, but its just as important for the feet. Give yourself normal exams everyday and make sure you don't see any abnormalities. Trim your toenails properly to ensure you don't get ingrown nails in your toes. Elastic socks and hose are known to hinder the circulation in your legs, so, it is good to avoid them and only wear cotton or wool socks. Circulation is also hindered by smoking. The rate of amputation and smokers is much higher.
Avoiding problems with your feet can be done with proper diabetic foot care. This can be done easily with a daily care routine.
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