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Simple steps to help you prevent diabetic foot disease

by , 21 February 2018
Simple steps to help you prevent diabetic foot disease
As a diabetic, you know that one of the most challenging complications of your disease is blood vessel damage, which can lead to poor blood circulation in your legs and feet.

When your legs and feet are deprived of oxygen-rich blood, a condition called diabetic foot disease can develop, causing foot ulcers that heal very slowly or not at all. The disease can even lead to gangrene and amputation.

On that note, we're sharing four simple steps to prevent diabetic foot disease.

Four top tips to prevent diabetic foot disease – a complication of diabetes

#1: Go for regular check-ups
You should see your doctor, or someone trained in foot care, once a year or more often, depending on your level of risk for diabetic foot disease. If you’ve had foot sores, diabetes-related eye problems or an amputation in the past, you should go for check-ups even more regularly.
 
#2: Wear the right shoes
If you’re at low risk for diabetic foot disease, you don’t need to buy therapeutic shoes. However, if you’re at high risk, special shoes are important. If you’re unsure whether or not you need special shoes, ask your doctor or foot specialist in your next check-up.

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#3: Adopt proper foot care habits
Make sure you’re educated about how to take proper care of your feet to lower your risk. You should know how to check your feet for sores or cuts and how to keep your feet clean and dry.
 
#4: Keep up-to-date on the best treatments
For example, if you get a plantar foot ulcer, it’s important that you don’t walk on the ulcer. Your doctor might prescribe a fixed ankle walking boot or a total contact cast. This hasn’t always been the standard treatment for plantar foot ulcers, but has recently been changed.
 
For further tips on how to prevent diabetic foot disease, consult our doctor.

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