One of the most common areas of the body to experience problems when you’re diabetic is your feet. This is unfortunate, because your feet are one of the most important body parts you have. They hold you up when you’re walking or standing, they get you from point A to point B – whether you’re driving, walking or hopping on a pogo stick – and they can allow you all kinds of sensations when you walk barefoot, from the soft, chilly feel of wet grass, to the hot, rough surface of a sandy beach.
But when you have diabetes, not only do you get denied some of these pleasures, but you often have pain, numbness and tingling in your feet, as well as a variety of foot maladies and diseases.
However, there are some things that you can do to take care of your feet when you have diabetes. Most people don’t think too much about them until they start hurting, but you can take some preventative measures to improve the health of your feet and minimize the symptoms that come with diabetes. In this article, we’ll go over some of the most important tips for caring for your feet when you have diabetes.
1. Treat your diabetes first
The best way that you can take care of your feet is to make sure that you are doing everything that you can to take care of your diabetes. If you are really careful about checking your blood sugar and giving yourself insulin when you need it, you not only will be looking after your health, you’ll also be reducing symptoms like the ones that you might experience in your feet. Before you worry about any specific foot treatments, make sure that you blood sugar is being maintained, because if you don’t do that, none of the tips below are going to help you.