Dealing with Diabetes: Here’s What You Need to Know
As a diabetic, you are more prone to foot problems than most because of inadequate circulation and nerve damage. In fact, it’s estimated that 1 in 5 hospital visits for diabetics are a result of foot problems. Diabetics are also more likely to get sick or develop an infection because of a compromised immune system.
But the more you know about dealing with diabetic foot, the less stress you'll endure. Here's how you can begin to take charge of your health, from the toes up!
- Stay Regular. Get a routine exam from a physician who is well-versed in your overall medical history and is treating you regularly for your diabetes. You can consider having your own foot care specialist if you're seeking that added level of care.
- Keep your blood glucose level in check. The best thing you can do for your feet is take care of your diabetes. The more you struggle with keeping your blood sugar levels stable, the more you will struggle with your health overall. Always remember to take care of your primary condition first.
- Stay active. You’ve heard it before. It doesn't matter what it is; find an activity (or two or three) that you enjoy doing, get your heart rate up, and commit to moving on a daily basis. If you’re having a hard time getting started, try some brisk walking thirty minutes a day, five days a week. You will feel the difference right away and be encouraged to keep going.
- Tend to those toes. Wash your feet on a daily basis, drying carefully between the toes (where problems are likely), and apply lotion to keep them moisturized. Trim nails as needed, or get your doctor to, and just generally be kind to your tootsies
- Avoid extreme heat and cold. If you’re experiencing any neuropathy, you may not feel it and could injure yourself. Always keep feet protected with shoes and socks, making sure that both fit well and are comfortable.
- Talk (a lot). Be sure to regularly communicate your needs and concerns with your doctor. You should always feel comfortable being open and honest with your medical team – our physicians at LaMarra are here to help.