Tips for the Care of your Feet

Jun 14 , 2021


Reinaldo Garcia

Tips for the Care of your Feet

The feet must carry the weight of our entire body, so it requires our full attention and care. In addition, your health influences our mood. And believe it or not, a small foot infection can end up in the hospital.

Uncontrolled diabetes can cause foot conditions, such as circulation problems, manifesting as diabetic neuropathy, ranging from itching, burning, or continuous numbness of the feet. This means that those living with uncontrolled diabetes do NOT perceive a small stone in the shoe, a puncture or wound, which could cause a blister, ulceration and, if not treated in time, could end in a chronic infection that would lead to an amputation.

However, these types of complications can be prevented by taking care and checking the feet daily. Some tips for caring for these are:

1. Daily grooming: Washing your feet daily will prevent undesirable fungi or bacteria from forming that can cause an infection. Wash your feet with a neutral soap and avoid using grass that damage the skin.

2. Dry your feet: Fungi and bacteria grow faster in moisture and darkness. After bathing, dry your feet with a different towel than the one you use for your whole body; In this way, you will avoid contaminating other areas of your skin if you already have a fungus on your feet.
Especially dry the area between the toes, but avoid over-drying them.

3. Do not use socks made of acrylic material or with tight elastics: Acrylic material favors sweating and, as we have already seen, fungi and bacteria thrive where there is moisture.

4. Preferably, avoid tight socks or socks: These types of materials can cut off blood circulation and, in uncontrolled diabetes, when glucose levels are high, the sensitivity of the skin is reduced. Instead, wear cotton socks to promote blood circulation.
5. Avoid tight shoes: Improper footwear can cause blisters or calluses, which can turn into blisters or ulcers.

6. Check your feet daily: Whether with a mirror or the help of another person, evaluate your feet daily; Look for the appearance of a blister, or wound. Remember that, in uncontrolled diabetes, sensitivity decreases, this means that, even if you do not feel it, you may have a skin wound and the only way to know it is by checking your feet daily.
7. Use talcum powder between your fingers: To prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria.

8. Moisturize your skin: A dehydrated skin can crack and cause wounds that take time to heal. Put cream on the entire foot, avoiding the area between the toes, remember that you should use talcum powder, but not in excess, since it also absorbs the moisture of the skin.

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