This is specifically for those who have diabetics or know someone who have it and they need special foot care information.
Please note that I am not a medical doctor and neither do I have a license to give medical advice. My findings are from articles that have been posted online for the public to read about. I only added my words and a bit of experience I had from my dad who was a diabetic patient until he passed away.
Now this is one aspect of the blog that is very important to me. This is because it is one of the sickness my dad passed away from (amongst many other sicknesses). As a diabetic patient, my dad was always having one foot problem or the other. He had so many sores and as at then, I was very ignorant about what was going on and how to take care of him. I hope that with these posts on how to take care of diabetic foot problems, I would be helping you take better care of yourself or any of your love ones who is has this sickness.
The amazing thing is as I started my research on this, I remembered how my mom told me a few days ago that she had cut her feet and she didn’t even know until she saw the trail of blood behind her. She was shocked! She exclaimed that she didn’t feel any pain at all and she wouldn’t have known if she hadn’t seen the blood. Now I’m glad I am more experienced with this now and I know what to do unlike my dad’s case.
This section of my blog is dedicated to all those suffering from diabetics and it has affected their feet and to those who have one person or the other suffering from this.
People who have diabetics are those who have had too much glucose (sugar) in their blood system for a long time, which can cause very serious complications including foot problems. Now because my blog is strictly for the feet, that’s all I will be focusing on.
There are two ways in which diabetics can affect your feet and they are:
Diabetic Neuropathy: When someone with diabetics neglects their condition for a long while, it becomes uncontrollable and that can damage their nerves. When you have damaged nerves in your feet and legs, you might not be able to feel things that are hot, cold or pain. When you suffer from lack of feeling, it is called “Sensory Diabetic Neuropathy”. The bigger problem is when you don’t feel a cut, sore or pain on your foot, that cut or sore could get worse and become infected because it has not been treated medically.
The muscles of the foot may also not function properly because the nerves that make the muscles work have been damaged. This then makes the foot not to align properly and create too much pressure on the good foot since it has to support the bad foot.
Foot ulcers develop because of damaged nerves and it has been estimated that up to 10% of people with diabetics will develop foot ulcers.
Below is a picture of what a foot ulcer looks like. I decided to use a painted image because the real life images are very very very disturbing.
Here are points on the feet were foot ulcers occur. Please watch out for cuts and sores within this points.
The second is called Peripheral Vascular Disease: Diabetics also affects the flow of blood within the body and without good blood flow, it takes a longer amount of time for a cut or sore to heal. When there’s poor flow of blood in the arms and legs, it is called “Peripheral Vascular Disease” and this disease is a circulation disorder that affects blood vessels away from the heart.
When you have an infection that does not heal, it is because of poor flow of blood and you are at risk of developing foot ulcers or gangrene (which is the death of tissue due to lack of blood flowing to that direction).
If you have diabetics or know someone who has it, please contact your doctor once you notice any of the following problems
* Pain in legs
* Skin colour changes
* Dry cracks on the feet
* Sores on the feet are slow to heal
* Changes in skin temperature
* Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus
* Swelling in the foot and ankle
* Unusual and foot odor
* Corns or calluses
In my next post, I will be writing about the various types of diabetic foot problems and how to prevent them.
If you have any more information to add, please feel free to share in the comment section. I would love to hear from you.
Have a “Happy Feet” day!!!
…Note: All images were gotten from the internet. Images do not belong to us.