If you have Diabetes examine your feet to detect infections

If you have Diabetes examine your feet to detect infections

Diabetic Neuropathy or peripheral nerve damage is a very common chronic complication in people with Diabetes, who have controlled it inadequately for a long time. Sensitivity loss is one of the consequences caused by Diabetic Neuropathy; so those affected may not feel a bump or wound as they won’t feel pain, and in the case of a wound, it can worsen every day, without the person knowing.

Get in the habit of inspecting your feet every night (make sure you have enough light) to see if you have corns, blisters, wounds, cuts, bruises, alterations or signs of infection.

The main infection indicators are:

Changes in foot shape:
Infections are generally accompanied by swelling. It’s important for you to know the shape of your foot well, to be able to notice any changes. If one of your feet is larger, this may indicate an infection.

Changes in color:
Changes in color may indicate infection, as well as changes in circulation.

Texture changes:
If the area begins to look rough, thin or thick, pay greater attention to it and be aware of any cracks or wounds that may require a doctor’s visit.

Odor changes:
Bad odor can be a symptom of infection.

Changes in sensation:
Infected tissues usually feel different, feeling firm and hard, furthermore, pressing on these areas can cause pain.

Watch for:

  • Blisters caused by friction
  • Cracks caused by dryness
  • Cuts, scratches
  • Ingrown nails
  • Fungi, such as “athlete’s foot” which allow germs to enter the tissues
  • Structural changes
  • Injuries caused by clipping nails

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