In the event that you have diabetes, specialists educate that you take great care with respect to your feet. That is on the grounds that this perpetual illness described by high glucose can cause nerve harm (diabetic neuropathy) and poor blood stream in your feet, both of which increment your danger of creating foot diseases and different issues.
On the off chance that left untreated, diabetes-related foot contaminations can prompt tissue demise or gangrene.
“A piece of, or even the whole foot, may should be removed to keep contamination from advancing,” says Dr Kevin Koo, Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital. “Roughly 10 to 15 for every penny of diabetics have foot ulcers, which are in charge of more than 80 for each penny of lower appendage removals.”
Foot issues related with diabetes include:
- Foot ulcers
- Cuts and wounds
- Ingrown toenails
Charcot arthropathy/charcot foot – a condition with dynamic degeneration of bones and joints prompting disfigurement
Dr Koo says that SGH has seen an ascent in patients with diabetic foot issues as of late.
“Our podiatry office has been seeing around 800 to 900 outpatient visits for every month for diabetic-related foot issues since 2015. Be that as it may, there is as yet a noteworthy gathering of patients who look for treatment late, and by at that point, the main choice is removal,” he says.
The hazard factors for diabetic foot issues include:
- Inadequately controlled glucose
- Poor nourishment
- Weight focuses in the foot (can be caused by tight-fitting shoes)
- Poor foot cleanliness
Tips to avert diabetic foot issues
- Check your feet – best, base and between the toes – day by day for any injuries and parasitic contaminations
- Wash your feet day by day and dry them altogether, including the territory between the toes
- Try not to utilize high temp water to wash your feet
- Continuously wear socks with shoes and change your socks day by day
- Saturate your feet day by day yet maintain a strategic distance from the regions in the middle of the toes
Cut your toenails straight rather than adjusted to avert ingrowths
Try not to utilize chemicals or business mortars for calluses and corns. Counsel a podiatrist if these are hard to oversee
Timetable a yearly diabetic foot screening
“By directing a diabetic foot screen for diabetic patients, we can recognize potential foot issues… We can likewise instruct patients on appropriate foot mind and ideal glycaemic control,” says Daniel Wong, Podiatrist, Singapore General Hospital.
“Patients should look for early treatment at whatever point there is a nearness of a ulcer, when the foot ends up excruciating, red or swollen, and additionally the appearance or movement of foot deformation,” says Dr Koo.