For someone who has diabetes, diabetic Socks can be play a vital role in taking care of the feet. Diabetes can damage the blood vessels and nerve endings in the feet which can make it less likely when the feet are injured. Diabetes can also interfere with the body’s ability to fight infection, so if a diabetic gets even a minor foot injury, it can turn into something much more serious.
Diabetics can develop foot ulcers which are found on the bottom of the feet or on the bottom or the top of the toes. If a diabetic takes good care of their feet, they can prevent most of these types of problems. Most foot care for diabetics is easy and can be done while bathing or getting ready for bed. Most of the time, preventing injury to the feet is a matter of wearing properly fitting diabetic socks and shoes at all times.
It is very important to wear shoes at all times even when indoors. Diabetics need to be very cautious with their feet to avoid anything that might cause injury, discomfort, or pain. They should also be sure to get medical help if any type of foot problem develops.
There are certain steps which diabetics can take to care for their feet:
• They should thoroughly wash and dry their feet every day and then carefully inspect them for corns, calluses, blisters, cracks, cuts, or sores. They should rub lotion on their feet, but not between the toes. The feet should be completely dry before putting on diabetic socks and shoes and the nails should be kept trimmed and filed straight across.
• Diabetics should always protect their feet by wearing shoes at all time and should not use a hot water bottle or a heating pad to warm their feet.
• Diabetics should have their doctors check their feet during each visit. Diabetics should not try to treat early foot problems at home because home treatments and remedies which can be bought over-the-counter or without a prescription can be harmful. Most diabetic foot problems need to be treated by a doctor.
• Diabetics should always get early treatment for any foot problem. Any minor foot irritation can turn into a major problem if it is not properly cared for early.
Long term diabetics can often develop severe foot problems. Some of the problems that can develop are:
• Nerve damage in their feet. When this happens, they may not know when their feet are injured. Additionally, if their shoes do not fit properly, they may not feel the discomfort even when blisters form. When this type of nerve damage happens, some diabetics may develop deformed feet and may have trouble finding shoes that fit properly.
• Damaged blood vessels throughout their body. Diabetics can develop damage to the blood vessels that carry the blood to the legs and the feet. This results in decreased blood flow to the feet which may result in sores, cuts, or any other type of injury taking much longer to heal. These types of injuries are also more likely to become infected. This is why it is a good idea for diabetics to wear diabetic socks and shoes at all times to help protect their feet.
• Impact the body’s ability to fight off infection. Even a small cut can become seriously infected when a diabetic’s immune system becomes compromised by their diabetes.
The best way for a diabetic to avoid foot problems is to prevent them by proper foot care. Taking very good care of their feet and wearing shoes and socks at all times will help prevent injury and infections if an injury should happen. Getting early treatment for any foot problems is also important to ensure they do not turn into something more serious.
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