Diabetes can be a difficult condition to live with and it requires specialized care to prevent problems in the foot, specifically. This video explains the basics of diabetic foot care and what diabetics should avoid.
Diabetics can have foot problems like nail discoloration, nail loosening, and dry skin. It’s important to properly lotion your feet if you have diabetes. If you experience excessive drying or nail discoloration, make an appointment with a podiatrist sooner rather than later.
Diabetics may get diabetic neuropathy which can cause pain, burning, tingling, and numbness in the foot. The diabetic should not go barefoot. They need to wear supportive and protective footwear so as not to aggravate the symptoms of the neuropathy further.
Patients should also avoid foot soaking if they have neuropathy in their feet. The individual won’t be able to gauge the temperature, which can lead to burns. They may also soak their feet for too long and soften the skin too much, making it more vulnerable to damage.
Any diabetic patient should see their doctor immediately if they suspect an injury to their foot. They may not be able to feel the pain, and so it needs to be inspected by a medical professional to avoid worsening the injury. For more information, click on the video above.