Foot care- the importance in a Diabetic person

Back in Medical school, One of my favourite teachers would always tell Us, his students that the first thing a Diabetic person should be conscious of is the foot. The American Diabetes association has backed this up.

Although we knew it was true, we did not know the impact of his words. I later discovered that about 1 in 8 people with Diabetes develop some form of foot infection, and almost all of them end up being amputated . foot care

Mostly because of the high blood sugar associated with diabetes, a lot goes on with the body. Most of them have damaging results. These effects include reduced ability to feel stimulus, such as touch. This is why it is very easy for one to get a foot injury without noticing.

This brings Us back to the importance of foot care.

Ways to care for the foot

  1. Protect them

    Protecting them means staying away/avoiding stepping on harmful objects. Another way of doing this is keeping track of Your blood sugar. By doing regular check ups, One is more aware and in better control of their health.

  2. Pamper them

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    Keep Your feet clean always (wash and keep dry). Once in a while, treat Yourself to a nice pedicure (be sure the materials are sterilized and avoid any injury). Furthermore, air them as often as possible to remove any humidity which may cause fungal infection, etc.

  3. Treat them

    In case of any injury, treat it meticulously so that it does not lead to any complication.

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  4. Be mindful of them , always

    Feet care in Diabetes

    Always check Your feet. In other words, examine them thoroughly every often.

  5. Improve Your lifestyle

    Improve and maintain habits such as exercise, diet. One of the reasons for Diabetic ulcers/wounds is reduced/loss of blood flow to the feet. By increasing physical activity, You are increasing blood flow to the lower part of the body, including the feet.

Stay healthy

xx

20 COMMENTS

  1. Pati | 15th Oct 17

    What a great post – with great tips , we have to take care of our feet even tho we often forget the importance of it x

    • Nafisah Nuhu-koko | 17th Oct 17

      Yes that is true Pati xxx

  2. Scandi Mummy | 15th Oct 17

    Such important advice both for those who suffer with diabetes but really for anyone. On that note I’ll go for a run x

    • Nafisah Nuhu-koko | 17th Oct 17

      hihihih xxx

  3. Laura Dove | 15th Oct 17

    This is so important. My Grandma had several of her toes amputated due to diabetes, back then it was something that was even more difficult to control.

  4. Ger ( It's Me & Ethan ) | 15th Oct 17

    Feet are so important. These are simple steps really for us all to take on board. great post !

  5. Sarah | What The Kids Wore | 15th Oct 17

    Full of advice for both those who suffer from diabetes and their friends and family

    • Nafisah Nuhu-koko | 17th Oct 17

      Indeed, thanks fo reading xx

  6. fashionandstylepolice | 15th Oct 17

    Thanks for reminding me to care for my feet a lot more. I forget about them sometimes.

    • Nafisah Nuhu-koko | 17th Oct 17

      Thank You too for taking time to read and comment 🙂

  7. Lucy | Real Mum Reviews | 16th Oct 17

    I am not diabetic butknow it’s so important for diabetics to take extra care of their feet – great advice

    • Nafisah Nuhu-koko | 17th Oct 17

      Thank You Lucy xx

  8. sarah nichols | 16th Oct 17

    some great advice, i don’t have diabetes but some of my family members do so i know how it important it is.

    • Nafisah Nuhu-koko | 19th Oct 17

      Yes me too and it sure is xxx

  9. Elizabeth | 16th Oct 17

    Super advice, this! I confess my feet are the most neglected part of my body – I really ought to pay more attention to them!

    • Nafisah Nuhu-koko | 19th Oct 17

      Thank You Elizabeth xx

  10. kerry norris | 17th Oct 17

    My cousin is a diabetic and really suffers with her feet but at the same time she defo doesn’t look after them properly. Great tips

    • Nafisah Nuhu-koko | 19th Oct 17

      Thnk You Kerry. It would be good if she starts..xxx

  11. Sarah Ann | 17th Oct 17

    My gran was diabetic and I always remember how much she took care of her feet. It became a strict part of her routine and even though I’m not diabetic. I try and take good care of mine.

    • Nafisah Nuhu-koko | 19th Oct 17

      My Dad is too and he is so religous about the care of his feet..xxx

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