How to properly care for your foot health with diabetes

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Maintaining proper foot health is crucial for individuals with diabetes, as it can impact nerves and blood supply, potentially leading to ulcers and limb amputations. Dr V Mohan, a top diabetologist, emphasized the importance of foot care for diabetics.

Diabetic foot problems can arise from nerve damage and peripheral artery disease, with studies showing that most amputations in diabetes patients start with a foot ulcer. Dr Mohan advised regular foot care practices such as controlling blood glucose levels, washing and drying feet daily, and seeking medical attention for any issues.

It is essential to be vigilant about any changes in sensation in the feet and toes, as nerve damage can be unpredictable. Individuals with diabetes should also pay attention to signs of fungal infections and consult specialists for conditions like corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails. Self-treatment is not recommended by the doctor.

Around 15 percent of diabetes patients experience diabetic foot problems, with India witnessing approximately 40,000 lower limb amputations annually. Dr Mohan stressed the importance of protecting feet from extreme temperatures, avoiding barefoot walking, and wearing socks with shoes to prevent skin irritation and infections. Regular non-impact exercises like swimming, cycling, and yoga can help improve blood circulation in the feet.


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