Diabetic Foot Care : Ulcers and Infections

By MAYS Latest Reply 2010-11-09 03:56:18 -0600
Started 2010-02-13 09:33:46 -0600

Foot complications are among the most frequent reasons for hospitalization in patients with diabetes. Whether you spend your day planted in a chair or padding around town, inspect your feet daily for red sores or breaks in the skin. Consult a physician immediately if you suspect a foot ulcer. Untreated foot ulcers can lead to lower extremity amputation.

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JackSmart 2010-07-13 07:44:06 -0500 Report

are there any preventive aids?

dloop 2010-11-09 03:56:18 -0600 Report

Diabetic-md spray is a great preventative aid when the first signs of a feet wound appear.

Elrond 2010-07-14 05:28:06 -0500 Report

Essentially, very well-fitting shoes, socks that don't wrinkle, anti-fungal foot powder, and very careful attention are all you usually need. As I mentioned earlier, if you have flexibility issues that prevent you from examining your own feet carefully, have a trusted friend do it. Also, many health insurance companies will pay for a podiatrist to even trim a diabetic's toenails. And toenail trimming is critical. The slightest cut, even from your own ragged nail, can cause a lot of trouble. Trim your toenails straight across, not curved like fingernails; leave the corners slightly long to prevent 'ingrown nails'. Carefully examine between toes daily, looking for cracked skin that can herald the beginning of athlete's foot. That can give a bacterial infection a fast start. Keep your feet as clean and dry as possible and tend carefully to even the smallest injury.

Elrond 2010-02-13 17:58:14 -0600 Report

AS a former infantry medic, I can't agree too strongly. Even non-diabetics need to take better care of their feet. In a diabetic, it's practically a matter of life and death. Inspect your feet daily and if you are not able due to mobility issues, have a trusted friend do it. Keep your feet clean and dry and keep the nails carefully trimmed. It's not just a matter of 'looks'.

MAYS 2010-02-20 19:12:07 -0600 Report

Very well stated, proper footcare should be practiced by all diabetics and non diabetics alike !

MAYS 2010-02-13 09:41:50 -0600 Report

Diabetic foot care is very important.
Examine your feet daily taking care to look for corns, calluses, bruises, cuts, cracks and blisters.
Keep your feet moisturized but avoid placing creames or ointments between your toes, see your doctor about treating athlete's foot problems !

Monalisa 2010-02-13 10:38:36 -0600 Report

Everyday before putting my socks on I check my feet and clean between my toes with alcohol, then I moisturize them with a massaging motion…my feet feel good and I can walk some, no problems with athletes foot till' now

MAYS 2010-02-13 11:41:45 -0600 Report

Excellent !
Continue to inspect your feet daily and take care of them,
when your feet hurt, everything else seems to hurt also !

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