ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

FOOT CARE IN DIABETES

Updated on January 30, 2018
Kulsum Mehmood profile image

Kulsum Mehmood is an Eye Consultant with 30 plus years of experience. She is single mother and a philanthropist. She is in a full time job.

CARE OF FEET IN DIABETICS

Care of feet in Diabetes

  • Foot ulcers result ultimately in amputations.
  • Over 5% of Indians having diabetes have a foot problem.
  • Worldwide leg amputations due to diabetic feet occur upto 70%.

Feet are affected in diabetes because nerves and blood vessels in the legs are involved.Toxic deposits results from the elevated blood glucose levels. These toxins are deposited in the nerves and they interfere with the circulation of the blood. Diabetics suffer from a burning sensation often in the feet and legs.

Get Help as soon as possible

Because of neuropathy i.e. lack in sensation in the feet, diabetics often neglect foot wounds. Blood vessels narrow down due to cholesterol deposits in their walls and obstruct circulation. In diabetic patients, As a result, the person can suffer from gangrene in the leg. A leg bypass surgery helps preserve blood circulation and thus stops the progression of gangrene that may have begun with an ulcer.

Actually, diabetes has an impact on almost every part of the body - the heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves. A simple blister, if untreated can develop into an abscess, a non - healing wound, even gangrene.

Prevent early

Losing a foot is a very tragic occurrence and should be prevented at all costs..

Regular care of the feet on daily basis

Feet should be examined thoroughly every day for blisters, cuts and scratches. Consult your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following danger signs :

  • Swelling
  • Colour change of a nail, toe, or part of a foot
  • Throbbing pain
  • Thickening of skin
  • Corns on the feet
  • Breaks in the skin, including cracks and blisters


Source

Life - long foot care

Life – long foot – care in diabetics

Foot problem in diabetics occur so gradually that people do not realize they have a foot problem in the first place. The trouble may start from a small cut or a blister and spread out to become a non – healing ulcer and a wound. Soon infection sets in and the interference with the blood circulation coupled with numbness of foot due to neuropathy leads to a formation and spreading of a gangrene. And, amputation of the gangrenous foot may have to be carried out with all its social and economic implications.

So, it is a good idea to start early. Do not neglect a small crack, blister, or an ulcer on the feet. Keep the feet clean and dry. Wear clean, soft socks and well – fitting footwear. Do not walk bare – foot in the house too.Beware of foot injuries. Keep your feet dry.

85% of foot amputations are preventable. Diabetics should get early treatment for foot wounds in time…..

foot care in diabetes

Source

Risk factors in diabetes

Risk Factors :

Since Diabetics are prone to neuropathy of the legs, the feet become numb and have less sensations save that of burning. Any injury to the feet go unnoticed by the patient and tend to enlargen. A small cut or abrasion becomes bigger with time and can get infected. Due to disturbance in the circulation of blood, color changes occur in the limb and gradually a gangrene sets in. The gangrenous feet in due course of time leads to amputation.

Good News :

The good news for Diabetics is that with a constant vigilance regarding control of diabetes with regular treatment, medication, control of blood sugar, regular diet - control and exercises, and regular follow – up with a good diabetologist, one can lead a normal healthy life and even hope for longevity. Usually diabetics are also hypertensive. Proper care and treatment of blood pressure and cardiac condition if any need to be supervised as well.


@Dr Kulsum Mehmood:2018:all rights reserved

© 2008 Dr Kulsum Mehmood

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • vnsatakopan profile image

      Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Great information. Somehow, people forget about their feet while having diabetes.

    • Kulsum Mehmood profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      7 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Thanks for your comment patdmania.

    • patdmania profile image

      patdmania 

      7 years ago from waterford, mi

      I see this all the time as a paramedic. When diabetics wait too long to get treated. The leg becomes infected and sepsis sets in. It can be gross if left alone to long.

    • Kulsum Mehmood profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      8 years ago from Nagpur, India

      ThanQ HealthyHanna for your comment.

    • HealthyHanna profile image

      HealthyHanna 

      8 years ago from Utah

      Good information. Thanks. I am goint to link to it from my site.

    • olaoyemi profile image

      olaoyemi 

      8 years ago

      Thanks a lot.I have been suffering from diabetes for long and to let you know my plight,I inherited it from my parent.I am very grateful for this information.

    • profile image

      M Morse 

      8 years ago

      Wow, I have Charcot Marie Tooth and these pictures just scared the crap out of me. Glad I bought my RX Crocs to help out.

    • profile image

      diabetic foot care 

      8 years ago

      My father, when I was younger, had diabetes. I can remember him having those same kinds of sores on the bottom of his feet. The amount of pain he must have gone through almost kills me. The most interesting thing is that he was Indian and I will bet that those problems he had could have been prevented. Those pictures are worth a thousand words. Don't put off taking care of your feet.

    • Kulsum Mehmood profile imageAUTHOR

      Dr Kulsum Mehmood 

      9 years ago from Nagpur, India

      Hi Jeniferr. Thank you for stopping by.

    • Jeniferr profile image

      Jeniferr 

      9 years ago from United States

      Wow, those pictures are alarming to say the least. This is a very effective way to get diabetics to pay attention to their feet. I'm speechless.

    • agvulpes profile image

      Peter 

      9 years ago from Australia

      Kulsum Mehmood, good information on the feet of diabetic. I do not think enough doctors stress how important foot health is for the diabetic. A friend of mine lost his leg for the very reason he did not feel an injury that he had suffered.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)