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Akash Mali

Thank You for posting such helpful tips. This post really helped my relative to take care of his diabetic foot on a daily basis.

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How to Take Care Of Feet Of Diabetic Patients In Monsoons?

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

With the rains come humidity, stickiness and a crowd of bacterial infections. While most of us fall prey to the wrath of these bacteria, the situation becomes more cumbersome and unmanageable (in some cases), especially for diabetes patients. This is especially true for their feet, i.e. diabetes foot care is an important health aspect that cannot be ignored.

This primarily happens because wounds take a longer time to heal for diabetic patients and thus it is imperative that they take utmost care of their feet during the wet days ahead.

Diabetes foot ulcer patients who present with grade ≥ 4 are found to be 1.6 times more likely to be amputated as compared to the patients having grade < 4, early management of foot ulcers is very important. Support your feet with good, fitted footwear, quit smoking to improve blood circulation, reduce pressure on the feet if there is an ulcer and dry your skin properly in monsoon to prevent injuries.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj – M.B.B.S, M.D.

Here are some best practices for diabetes foot care that  diabetic patients must adopt in their everyday life:

Dry your feet completely and apply lotion to the top and bottom—but not between your toes, which could lead to infection. Never go barefoot. Always wear shoes and socks or slippers, even inside, to avoid injury.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD

Also Read: Diabetic Foot: Understanding Its Causes and Research-Based Strategies to Reduce the risk 

  1. Every time you walk home from outside, clean your feet with plain water. Pat dry and apply a moisturizing cream.
  2. Regularly inspect your feet for occurrences of wounds, redness, blisters, etc. Consult a podiatrist if you find anything abnormal or if the feet feel itchy.
  3. At the end of each day, wash your feet with warm water and mild soap. You can also use an antiseptic soap for best results.
  4. Scrub feet often to remove mud and dirt.
  5. Avoid walking barefoot, even at home.
  6. Make it a practice to wear Diabetic footwear. It’s best to consult a medical expert on this front. Also, invest in a good quality pair of diabetes care socks. Your feet with thank you for this investment.
  7. Shop for open, breathing shoes rather than closed footwear.
  8. Clean the web spaces between the toes. This is a popular breeding place for bacteria.
  9. Use an antifungal powder for your feet.
  10. Trim the nails of your feet regularly.

Also Read: Why Do My Feet Sweat So Much: Understanding the Causes and Solutions

Lastly, put your feet up while sitting, move your ankles up and down, this will ensure that there is regular blood circulation to your feet.

This monsoon, pledge that you will take good care of yourself. We at team Pharmeasy wish you a ‘Happy and Safe Monsoon!’

Read More: 6 Symptoms of Diabetic Nerve Damage

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