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How to care for your feet as a diabetic!

Living with diabetes can be difficult, and as much as you watch your sugar intake, you also must take care of your feet as you continue to live with the disease. Diabetes is known for hurting the blood supply to your feet and can cause pain and slow healing. There are numerous things you can do to protect your feet while factoring in your diabetes and your lifestyle.

The best in foot care for diabetics

The very first thing you should do is find a podiatrist. By seeking a professional opinion about how to best car for your foot from a foot doctor you will begin to gather as much information as possible about how to structure the rest of your life. Then you should work to keep your feet clean and free of infection. If you have any blistering or damage be sure to treat any and all wounds with the utmost care. Bandaids, rubbing alcohol, and protective socks will become major parts of your foot care. If you are someone who wears there shoes a little too tight, you are going to have to go up a pair, as the constant rubbing can be very damaging to your newly sensitive feet. Be sure to swap out any pair of shoes that might be even slightly ill-fitting. Never walk barefoot anywhere. The bottoms of your feet are highly susceptible to infection and cuts.  Finally, be sure to consistently cut and file your toenails as to not let infections or fungi begin to live under your nails.

Butt out! It’s time to ditch the cigarettes

As a diabetic you know not to smoke, and well, ever since you were a child they have been giving you a laundry list of medical reasons not to smoke. Smoking is another habit that will hamper your blood circulation on top of your diabetes. Do not make it harder for your blood to reach your feet. Find a patch or quit cold turkey so that you can give your feet (and lungs) a much needed break. 

You diet helps here too!

Keeping your blood sugar in line and making sure you are consuming a nutritious diet are keys in protecting your feet from some of the worst side effects of having diabetes. You need to constantly monitor yourself so that you are aware as to just why your feet are bothering you so badly. 

When to see your podiatrist or medical professional

Since your healing process will be much slower as a symptom of your illness, any time you receive a blister that is lingering you should see a medical professional immediately. This goes the same for any injury as well. If your feet change color or you have difficulty in feeling them, you should seek out medical assistance. If a wound were to break the skin and any discharge should be seen leaving the wound, that is another instance in which you should seek help.

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How to diagnose and treat Plantar Fasciitis!

Plantar Fasciitis may not be something you have heard much of, yet is a very common issue that is estimated to be affecting over 2 million people in the US alone – the UK isn’t much further behind.

This is a condition that causes the bottom of your heel to hurt, sometimes incredibly painfully. ​Today, we will be going over our methods on how to diagnose, treat, and understand the science behind this.

Fun fact! The name ‘Plantar Fasciitis’ is derived from the word ‘plantar fascia’, which is a broad ligament that basically supports your feet and helps you walk.

WHAT ARE THE TELLTALE SYMPTOMS OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS?

The most obvious symptom would be the actual condition ‒ which is when the bottom of your heel starts to hurt, whether it be from one foot or both.

It should be noted that this pain can affect everyone in different ways, though it is common for the condition to get worse after being sedentary for a while. In addition, it can be sharp, dull, or even spread to other ligaments.

A very notable thing to emphasize is that people usually only feel the pain ​after ​exercise, and not during it; this is a rather difficult symptom to determine, and also makes it easier to ‘overwork or damage’ your feet unknowingly.

If you ever think you may be developing Plantar Fasciitis, don’t hesitate to go to a doctor for a physical checkup ‒ they will most likely just evaluate your coordination or sensitivity, though there are cases where MRIs have been involved.

WHAT CAN CAUSE THIS CONDITION TO OCCUR?

There is a multitude of reasons that Plantar Fasciitis could be happening to you. Arguably the most common one is that you’ve constantly stretched, or torn, your fascia ‒ causing it to become irritated and damaged.

Additionally, obese or overweight people are more likely to start developing this condition; this is because the extra fat can add more pressure to your ligaments, hence meaning your feet have to support that much more weight.

Strangely enough, you can also start suffering from this when you are ​too ​active ‒ mainly if you’re a runner or on your feet 24/7!

HOW CAN YOU TREAT THIS?

We’d strongly advise going to see a qualified podiatrist just like ourselves but a simple home remedy you could try is applying ice to your feet a few times a day (that’s it!). This stops further swelling, and can generally help numb the pain a bit.

Physical therapy plays a major role in any successful recovery; it can help strengthen your muscles and balance. However, there are more drastic measures needed for serious cases ‒ some of which being ​extracorporeal shock therapy​ or ​gastrocnemius recession​.

One major tip would just be to take it easy; doing regular stretching exercises while avoiding putting too much strain on your feet can already help a ton. Additionally, it might be worthwhile to invest in some arch supports or casts.

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How to deal with sweaty feet!

Sweaty feet can surprisingly be a terrible thing to experience. With over 250,000 sweat glands, it can get really unpleasant to deal with this issue.

But why does this even happen? Well, sweating is a critical process our body undergoes to cool ourselves down, and control body temperature. Almost every single body part does this, including our feet!

Did you know there is a condition, called ​plantar hyperhidrosis, ​that causes the excessive sweating of the feet? A staggering 5% of the world population suffer from this.

We aren’t trying to scare you, but if left untreated ‒ you can contract diseases, blisters, infections, and other nasty things! Today, we are going to share our methods for preventing and handling sweaty feet, ranging from home remedies to various treatments.

WASH YOUR FEET DAILY

To save yourself all the struggles in the first place, you can simply dedicate some of your time every day to washing your feet every day. This completely wipes out any bacteria lingering around, and also stops terrible foot odor from emerging.

PICK THE RIGHT SOCKS

You need to prioritize wearing dry and clean socks, especially if you usually wear closed-toe shoes. Make sure to avoid manmade or synthetic materials, since this can trap moisture and lead to odor-related problems (similarly to shoes).

APPLY FOOT DEODORANT OR ANTI-PESPIRANT SPRAY

If deodorants can be used for armpits, is it that hard to believe they can also work for smelly feet? Regardless, an efficient spray can deal with the foul smell, stop incessant sweating, ​and​ protect your feet from bacteria.

SOAK AND DRY YOUR FEET

Foot soaks can work wonders; they can actually kill all sorts of parasites, as well as leave your feet clean as a bonus! The most common treatments involve apple cider vinegar, natural oils, and salts.

Residual moisture can lead to bacteria forming however;​ so after cleansing your feet, make sure to dry them well, in every nook and cranny! You should also make a point to keep your shoes and socks dry as well.

WEAR THE APPROPRIATE SHOES

Getting shoes made out of natural materials (avoid plastic in particular!) is a simple yet effective solution ‒ this is because such substances allow some ‘breathing room’ for your feet. In addition, make sure your shoes are the correct size; if they are too tight, this can lead to ​more​ sweating.

USE POWDERS

Applying an anti-fungal foot powder can help absorb excess moisture. According to Doctor Stephen Weinberg, roll-on products are more effective than sprays, since most of the latter’s “antipespirant action is lost in air”.

If you don’t have such powders on hand, there are many alternatives you can use ‒ some of which being baby powder, cornstarch, and baking soda; t​hese serve the same purpose by keeping your feet dry.

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