Diabetes can result in a condition where the body has reduced sensitivity. This causes certain wounds that are not directly visible in different parts of the body to go unnoticed. Wounds and deep cracks on the foot are most likely to go unnoticed. Diabetes also results in lower blood circulation to parts of the body which means the body’s normal rate of healing is compromised.
What leads to amputation?
In diabetics, wounds and deep foot cracks are slow to heal and are prone to getting infected and become ulcerated. If left untreated, it can progress into a gangrenous condition where the affected part has little or no chance of being treated or salvaged. It must then be amputated in order to stop the spread of infection to the other parts of the body.
Tips to prevent foot ulcers
Diabetic foot ulcers can be prevented by controlling diabetes through regulated food and exercise as well as taking medication strictly. Do not ignore your foot. Inspect it for wounds, cracks, swelling, or any abnormality daily. Wash your feet, dry it well, and moisturize the skin on the bottom of the foot with petroleum jelly or a similar cream to prevent it from cracking.
Avoid wearing restrictive clothing or footwear to keep circulation as good as possible. Also take care not to get wounded by always wearing footwear while going out and seeing a podiatrist about removing warts and calluses and not doing it yourself.
Visit your podiatrist every once in a while to have your feet inspected for any abnormalities. If you do get injured, seek treatment immediately and consult your doctor for a proper course of medical action.