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Diabetics: look after your feet!

This week I spent a morning at the Wound Care Clinic of a Sydney hospital.

I meet some courageous people who have had wounds on their bodies for years that just won’t heal. One lady hurt her ankle over 10 years ago by knocking it on a supermarket trolley. She still has that wound and it is now big nasty chronic leg ulcer that the Doctors are struggling to heal.

Many of the people who had nasty wounds were also diabetic or prediabetic. It was a common theme.   :-(

If you have high blood glucose levels you are at a much higher risk of having a wound on your feet. So what’s the connection between feet and diabetics?

Video: Dr Shankhdhar talks about Diabetic feet

I knew if I found a video that showed gruesome foot wounds Steve wouldn’t cope! However, this video shows the connection between diabetics and foot problems without nasty pictures. The Doctor spells out how to prevent foot wounds and what the consequences are if you ignore them.

The video begins with the quite shocking statement, “Every 30 seconds a leg is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world”.

Thank you to Diabetologist for use of the informative video.

Why do diabetics have more foot problems?

There a few main reasons:

  • Nerve damage: diabetes damages the nerves which means you may hurt your foot and not even feel it! This is called peripheral neuropathy.
  • Poor circulation: diabetes impacts circulation which lessens the bodies ability to heal when damaged.
  • Infection: diabetics are prone to infection, which makes even small cuts and scraps vulnerable to infection.

Managing your own feet

If you have prediabetes or diabetes you should be monitoring your feet just like you monitor your blood glucose levels. Make the time for regular visits to a podiatrist for check ups.

Now I know it can be tricky to check out your own feet, especially the bottom. So ask a person you live with or a friend who visits to look at your feet from time to time. I know, it’s not a pretty job :) , but share with them how important it is to check your feet often.

The National Institute of Health has more information on Medline Plus.

Can you relate to foot problems?

Have you had an experience with a foot wound or problem with your feet? How do you manage looking after your feet? I would love to hear your experiences!

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5 Responses to “Diabetics: look after your feet!”

  1. Thank you to the wonderful Doctors and nurses at Blacktown Hospital for allowing me an insight into their world of healing wounds.
    It was very clear to me that keeping a healthy weight and blood glucose levels would help avoid having to be a patient in a wound clinic.

  2. Steve says:

    Hi Kellie, thanks for the informative article … and for picking a video that wasn’t too full on :-)

  3. John S says:

    A little trivia. Jack Daniels, the maker of Old No 7 Tennessee sour mash whiskey, died from a gangrenous foot sore. It seems he had a temper and kicked a distilling kettle and hurt his toes. The toes got infected and he died. I don’t know if he was diabetic. I doubt he was.

  4. John S says:

    Sorry….another clarification. Jack Daniels kicked a safe that he couldn’t open and got a sore toe which led to his demise.

    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/6392

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About Kellie

Kellie is 37 years old and together with her brother Steve makes up the My Health Software team.

She helps on the websites and gathering news for the programs. Kellie worked in the medical industry prior to having her two children (8 and 6) and has a strong interest in self awareness and management of health conditions.


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