I got today’s title from a Twitter post I found that said, What idiot named them Diabetic Foot Ulcers and not Diafeeties? I found that pretty amusing. The actual condition, however, is not.
Diabetic foot ulcers are a condition caused by a number of different factors including but not limited to poor circulation, bad blood sugar control and untreated wounds to the feet. They can go unnoticed for a long time before pain and infection set in. But there are lots of things that can be done to help prevent them.
First of all, any type of injury to your feet can be problematic if you have Diabetes. Badly fitted shoes, poor foot hygiene and even unrelated Diabetic complications can lead to foot ulcers. Poor circulation to your feet will not only contribute to ulcers but will make any injury take much longer to heal, which will potentially also lead to ulcers. High blood sugars will also slow the healing process, but any loss of blood sugar control will be bad in the long run.
There are a number of little things you can do to help prevent Diabetic foot ulcers besides proper blood sugar control. As usual, I’m a big fan of exercise as managing tool. Ensuring your feet remain clean, warm and wearing shoes that fit your feet properly will go a long way.
If you start to notice any kind of fluid discharge from your feet or if cut, scrapes or wounds on your feet start to turn dark and/or black, it’s time to go see your medical practitioner. Although Diabetic foot ulcers are a serious issue, they can be treated and reversed. But if you have developed sores or ulcers, try staying off your feet to relieve pressure that could make an infection worse, and see a health professional as soon as possible.
I was going to include a stock photo of a Diabetic foot ulcer but to be honest, it was disgusting enough to deter even me! With winter creeping in, it’s important to keep your feet dry and warm. Wear proper footwear and maintain those blood sugar levels. A regular exercise routine will help with that. Worsened complications or untreated foot infections can lead to amputations or worse. Be sure to take care of your dogs BEFORE they start barking! ☯