Having diabetes, as you know, can result in inconveniences or even health complications–but it doesn’t have to. With effective foot care management and daily routines, you can save yourself from foot pain, ulcers, and even amputation. Our home health aides at Angels Senior Home Solutions are here to help you manage your diabetes and implement a prevention routine to keep your feet in tip-top shape. Read on to learn some of the causes, symptoms, and prevention methods of diabetes-related foot problems.
Did you know that 70 percent of diabetics have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage? This nerve damage makes it difficult for you to feel any foot pain, so you might not realize there is an issue right away. (Don’t worry; we’ve provided warning signs that you can see with a regular prevention routine.) Diabetes can impair normal sweat secretion and oil production on the skin of your feet, so abnormal pressure on your feet’s skin, bones, and joints during walking can lead to a breakdown of the skin and foot sores. Bacterial infection of the skin, connective tissues, muscles and bones may then occur. Sound gross? It sure does. That’s why prevention is so important–so you don’t have to worry about these foot problems in the first place!
So if you can’t feel pain that signals a foot problem, how can you tell that something’s not right? Here are a few visual warning signs:
Seeing a foot specialist regularly can be very helpful, especially if you notice these symptoms. He or she can tell you what’s going on with your feet, how to better take care of them, and which therapeutic shoes might work well for you.
Recent studies have shown that a proper foot care program can reduce amputations by up to 85 percent. Here are some ways to take care of your tootsies and prevent complications:
Although the treatment for diabetic foot problems has greatly improved in recent years, it all starts with a good prevention routine. If you have an Angels home health aide, he or she can help you wash your feet, eat well, visit your foot specialist, and more to prevent these issues. If you have any questions about diabetes, prevention, or home health care, please let us know!