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If you live with diabetes, you know how crucial it is to take care of every single aspect of your health. This, of course, includes looking after your feet. Here is why and how you should care for your feet.
Diabetes is a chronic illness defined by an elevated blood glucose level (sugar level in the blood). This is known as hyperglycemia. Frequent and prolonged exposure to hyperglycemia causes long-term damage to the body, which explains the onset of common complications of diabetes.
Among these complications, neuropathy and arteriopathy increase the risk of problems affecting legs and feet in people with diabetes. Neuropathy (disease of the nervous system) causes insensitivity to pain, while arteriopathy (disease of the arteries) leads to insufficient blood flow, slowing down wound healing and increasing the risk of infection.
As a result, people with diabetes can have an injury without realizing it. A small cut on a foot can go unnoticed, get infected, spread and even cause necrosis (death) of the affected tissue. This tissue will then need to be amputated.
Good to know!
The risk of amputation in people with diabetes is approximately fifteen to twenty times greater than in non-diabetics.
To prevent major complications, you need to make regular foot care part of your everyday routine.
In an effort to reduce the risk of complications, it is recommended to lead a healthy and smoke-free lifestyle. If you are considering quitting smoking, consult your family pharmacist.
Certain foot care products sold over the counter may not be suitable for people with diabetes. Always consult your family pharmacist before you use such products. There are also many other non-pharmacological measures (e.g. pumice stones, insoles, socks) to ease and prevent common foot problems. Just ask your pharmacist!
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