Laparoscopic Surgeon in Mumbai – Dr Pradeep Shriyan

Diabetic Foot Care Management

Diabetic Foot Care Tips

If you have diabetes, check your feet every day even if they feel fine and see your doctor if you have a cut or blister that won’t heal.

Check for Feeling – No Pain

Some people with nerve damage has numbness, tingling, or pain, but others have no symptoms. Nerve damage can also lower your ability to feel pain, heat, or cold.

Living without pain sounds pretty good, but it comes at a high cost. Pain is the body’s way of telling you something’s wrong so you can take care of yourself. If you don’t feel pain in your feet, you may not notice a cut, blister, sore, or other problem. Small problems can become serious if they aren’t treated early.

Foot-friendly Activities:

  1. Check your feet every day for cuts, redness, swelling, sores, blisters, corns, calluses, or any other change to the skin or nails. If you are unable to see your toe, request your relative to see your feet.
  2. Never go barefoot. Always wear shoes and socks or slippers, even inside, to avoid injury
  3. Don’t remove corns or calluses yourself, and especially don’t use over-the-counter products to remove them—they could burn your skin.
  4. Get your feet checked at every follow-up visit.
  5. Keep the blood flowing. Put your feet up when you’re sitting.
  6. Choose Feet-friendly activities like walking, running, swimming, etc.
Diabetic foot care management in Mumbai- Dr Pradeep Shriyan

Symptoms need a special attention and a need to contact with Doctor for a diabetic:

  1. Pain in your legs or cramping in your buttocks, thighs, or calves during physical activity.
  2. Tingling, burning, or pain in your feet.
  3. Loss of sense of touch or ability to feel heat or cold very well.
  4. A change in the shape of your feet over time.
  5. Loss of hair on your toes, feet, and lower legs.
  6. Dry, cracked skin on your feet.
  7. A change in the color and temperature of your feet.
  8. Thickened, yellow toenails.
  9. Fungus infections such as athlete’s foot between your toes.
  10. A blister, sore, ulcer, infected corn, or ingrown toenail.

Diabetes and related Amputation:

Lower-limb amputations (LLA), which is surgery to remove a toe, foot, or leg are a result of complications from diabetes.

Diabetes and LLA: High blood sugar over time can cause diabetes complications that raise the chance of an LLA:

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can narrow the blood vessels that carry blood to your legs and feet. Poor blood supply can make even a tiny cut heal slowly or not at all.

Peripheral nerve damage can cause loss of sensation so you may not notice cuts, sores, or ulcers on diabetic’s feet.

With these complications, even a small cut can become a serious infection.

If a diabetic has following symptoms don’t wait until it becomes a serious infection. See a Doctor or Surgeon right away if:

  1. You have pain or numbness in your limb.
  2. You have a fungal infection such as athlete’s foot between your toes.
  3. You notice a change in the color of your feet or swelling in your feet.
  4. The corner or side of your toenail grows into the soft flesh.
  5. A wound, sore, blister, or ulcer doesn’t seem to be healing.
  6. You have an ulcer bigger than 3/4 inch deep and you can see the bone underneath.