How Diabetes Causes Foot Problems - Topic Overview
What you can do
Here are a few things you can do to make foot problems less likely:
Have your feet examined regularly by your doctor. The doctor will be able to detect any changes
in your feet that mean a change in the way you walk. If you have an abnormal walk, your doctor may be able to equip you
with appropriate shoes or inserts that will compensate for the changes in your
muscle movement. By taking the pressure off parts of your foot that weren't
designed to bear such weight, your doctor will be able to minimize your risk of
both deformity and injury.
Keep your blood sugar in your target range. Keeping your blood sugar levels within the target range recommended by your doctor can lower your chances of getting neuropathy. This will lower your risk of having foot problems.
Check your feet for changes in skin color, cuts, blisters, and other problems. A foot exam should be part of your daily routine. Look at all areas of your feet, including your toes. Use a handheld mirror or a
magnifying mirror attached to the bathroom wall near the baseboard to inspect
your feet. If you can't see well, have someone else examine your feet for you.
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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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