Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to nerve damage, worsening of infections, poor blood circulation in the feet, etc. However, if you put in a little effort, you can control your blood sugar levels and stay away from foot-related issues. Before going further, here is what you need to know about diabetic foot and its treatment.
High sugar levels in the blood can make your nails infected with fungus. If you leave your feet sweaty, you have a high possibility of getting a fungal infection. A small injury in and around your nails can also make them prone to fungus.
Corns can be defined as a hard skin build-up that forms in the surrounding area of the toes or between them. This is caused due to friction between the toes with each other or with footwear. Uncontrolled sugar levels can cause infection in corns.
An open sore or a break in your skin can lead to the formation of a foot ulcer. A high sugar level in your blood does not allow the sore to heal quickly, due to which it becomes infected and spreads across the foot.
This happens when the edge of your toenail grows into your skin. Even though it is not as drastic as it sounds, it can still cause minor cuts on your skin. Normally, they get healed up pretty quickly. But due to high glucose levels, these cuts can become infected and turn into ulcers.
This condition also causes cracks and redness on the skin. The cracks become prone to infection, further worsening if you have diabetes with uncontrolled sugar levels.
Stating the obvious, controlling your sugar levels is mandatory if you want to escape the diabetic foot. Besides that, here are some preventative measures that you can take to keep your sugar levels under control and your feet happy and healthy!
Early treatment of diabetes-related foot conditions can lower the chances of infections. That is why it is advisable to get your feet checked once in three to six months (even if you do not experience any symptoms) by your healthcare provider to ensure they are in good condition.
The most important thing to remember is to keep your blood sugar levels in control to avoid health complications that may arise in the long run. Keeping your diet in check, maintaining a workout regime, and following a healthy lifestyle can massively lower your blood sugar levels. You can now take care of your diabetic conditions right from your home with the Diahome application. Download the Diahome app on your smartphone, and you can get in touch with expert health coaches and nutrition professionals to know how you can manage your blood sugar levels in a better way.
Monitoring your blood sugar levels is also important so that you can stay as close to normal as possible. Diahome also offers a home blood collection facility that you can get through the app and get the results. They also have healthcare professionals with expertise in diabetes that can provide you with online consultation instantly at your convenient time right from your home.
Mrs.Sripriya Ravi, M.Sc, Senior Dietitian
Mrs.Vinodhini Gopi, M.Sc, Diabetes Educator