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Some Cautions for Diabetics

                          In case of people suffering with Diabetes, blood supply to the feet may be poorly affected due to damaged blood vessels. Further, damage to the nerves may result into loss of feeling in the feet. Diabetes is a disease that results in a condition of high blood sugar levels. The condition is considered to be serious in the sense that over a period of time, it has the potential to damage blood vessels and nerves of our body system. The damage often leads to a number of problems, including trouble in the feet. It could lead to amputation of foot. It is most important for a Diabetic to control the blood sugar level. In case of people suffering from with Diabetes, blood supply to the feet may be poorly affected due to damaged blood vessels. Further, damage to the nerves may result into loss of sensation in the feet. Diabetes can also damage their body's ability to fight infection. All these things work together to turn even minor foot injuries - such as blisters, calluses or ingrown toenails - into very serious infections. It could lead to loss of foot. Taking care of your feet is necessary; it helps prevent problems. Just a bit of caution on the part of Diabetics can easily avert major disasters. They must check their feet every day for blisters, scratches or sores. If it's hard to check the soles of the feet, using a mirror and looking at the reflection will certainly help. Consult a doctor immediately in case anything unusual is noticed including pain in the foot, coldness, shiny appearance on the skin, loss of hair of the legs, or thickened nails. Diabetics must make sure to get their feet checked by their doctor at least once a year. Tips on Caring for your Feet l Wash feet daily with lukewarm water and soap. l Gently pat (don't rub) feet dry. l Use lotion, but definitely not between the toes. l Wear fresh pair of socks every day. Don't go barefoot. l Wear soft leather shoes (deerskin is best) that provide plenty of room for the toes. l If the toes rub each other, put lamb's wool between them. l To cut the toenails- Soak the feet in warm water for 10 minutes to soften the nails. Cut the nails straight across. Don't cut into the corners or close to the skin. l Keep the feet warm; avoid getting the feet too close to hot surfaces (water bottles, heaters, fireplaces).




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