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Taking Care of Your Feet with Diabetes

By Sara Butler

Diabetes impacts the lives of millions of Americans. It's a disease that does more than simply impact what you can eat and when. In fact, diabetics need annual foot screening to ensure that their extremities are staying healthy. Here's how diabetes can impact your feet and what you can do to keep your feet healthy and happy.

How Diabetes Affects the Feet

Are you scratching your head, wondering what on earth diabetes has to do with your feet? When a person has diabetes, their blood sugar is impacted. So, the sugar in your blood remains there and can stay high for a long period of time -- months or even years -- before it's diagnosed. This has an impact on the blood vessels and nerves and many of the smallest are found in the feet.

Diabetics may notice their feet are cold, change color, are numb, or painful. This is a sign that the nerves are damaged, something that isn't reversible. This is why diabetics must take extra care with their feet.

What You Can Do

If you have diabetes, you should make sure to heed the following advice:

  • Quit smoking - Smoking decreases the blood supply to the extremities, even more, adding to the damage caused by diabetes
  • Always wear shoes - Protect your feet whether you're inside or out since any damage to the feet may be slow to heal and open you up to the possibility of infection
  • Examine your feet every day - Look for blisters, ulcers, scratches, nail problems, blisters, and redness on your feet and see the doctor if you notice any
  • Examine your shoes - Make sure to give your shoes the once-over for anything that could cause injury to your feet such as foreign objects or rough spots inside.
  • Buy new shoes at the end of the day - Your feet are largest in the evening, so go shoe shopping when your feet are at their biggest so you can find shoes that are the right fit.
  • Say no to flip-flops - In the summer you may want to wear these, but remember that it's important to protect your feet at all times.
  • Keep your feet away from heat sources - The damage to the nerves in your feet may cause you not to feel burns, so keep your feet away from heating pads, electric blankets and the like.

When you have diabetes, caring for your feet has to be a priority.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Round Rock, Tex.

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