Diabetic Foot Care, Ulcers, Peripheral Neuropathy

Lotion Applicator easily reaches feet and legs

Lotion Applicator easily reaches feet and legs

Maddawash Terry Soap Mitt, gentle and thorough cleaning
Maddawash Terry Soap Mitt, gentle and thorough cleaning  http://care4u-store.stores.yahoo.net/741320002.html
Remote Toenail Clipper, reduces bending discomfort
Remote Toenail Clipper, reduces bending discomfort  http://care4u-store.stores.yahoo.net/741390000.html

Diabetes is a growing problem in America with over 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year.  The total number of people with this condition exceeds 15 million or about 5% of the total US population.  One of the many serious related problems seen in diabetic patients and the most common cause for hospital admission is foot complications.  This frequently results from a degradation of nerves in the foot in leg (peripheral neuropathy) and changes in blood vessels.  Both conditions can combine to create a condition whereby a small injury to the foot can go un-noticed (nerves don’t sense pain or discomfort) and un-healed (blood vessels don’t deliver adequate blood supply to nourish cells) resulting in ulcers.  This is one of many excellent and detailed sources of information about this condition http://www.aafp.org/afp/980315ap/armstron.html  and many more are easily found using the search terms “diabetic foot disease”

Daily gentle cleaning and examination of the feet are a key component to maintaining proper foot health and preventing serious health issues.   Foot cleaning should include complete drying and application of skin cream to prevent dry and cracked skin, a common initial cause of foot issues.  Toenail care is also important to prevent ingrown or cracked nails.  Products to help with these steps of this this vital care regimen can be viewed at http://care4u-store.stores.yahoo.net/grooming.html

If you or a loved one has diabetes or is at risk for it,  please take the time to learn as much as you can about this condition that can, with sometimes only slight lifestyle changes, be managed.


2 Responses to “Diabetic Foot Care, Ulcers, Peripheral Neuropathy”

  1. 1 Zooey October 1, 2009 at 8:49 am

    My grandma is a diabetic. As far as i can remember, they said that bruises that diabetic people have are hard to cure and have a tendency to cut the body part because it might affect the other bother part. That’s why people should always take care of their selves. You may not know that your small bruise may cause for a bigger complication. Especially those who are genetically diabetic.

    Zooey Foot Neuropathy

    • 2 care4seniors October 1, 2009 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks very much for helping to emphasize that diabetics who are injured, (even just bruised), can develop a serious medical issue. Compromised blood circulation, particularly in the legs and extremities slows normal healing time and that can lead to complications such as infection which can spread and become very difficult to treat. Your advice to take extra care of any injury, no matter how small, could make a huge difference in someone’s life.

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