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Footcare Tips For People with Diabetes During Monsoons

Published on: Jul 18, 2023
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Introduction

When it’s raining outside, we often feel sleepy and relaxed, just like the old man in the nursery rhyme. Rain has a beautiful sound that can be calming and soothing.

However, rainy weather can also affect our immune system and make us more susceptible to getting sick. While most people take steps to avoid catching a cold, people with diabetes need to be extra cautious and take additional preventive measures during the rainy season.

It’s important for them to prioritize their health and take special care to stay well.

The monsoon season can bring about specific foot-related challenges, especially for people living with diabetes. Sticky and smelly feet, fungal infections, and the risk of injuries and non-healing wounds are common concerns.

To ensure optimal foot health during this season, it is crucial to adopt proper foot care practices. 

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In this article, we will explore tips for maintaining healthy feet, managing foot problems, and understanding how diabetes can affect your feet and legs.

How Diabetes Affects Your Feet and Legs

People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing foot-related complications. Here are some ways diabetes can affect your feet and legs:

1. Nerve damage (neuropathy)

High blood sugar levels can lead to nerve damage, causing reduced sensation, tingling, or numbness in the legs and feet. This neuropathy can result in injuries going unnoticed and delays in seeking treatment.

2. Poor circulation OR Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)

Diabetes can impact blood circulation, particularly in the lower extremities, which can later be developed into a peripheral arterial disease causing narrowed or blocked blood vessels in the legs and feet.

Reduced blood flow slows down the healing process, making it difficult for wounds to heal properly and increasing the risk of infections, pain, cramping, difficulty walking, and an increased risk of ulcers and amputation if left untreated.

3. Foot ulcers and infections

Due to reduced sensation and compromised circulation, individuals with diabetes are more susceptible to foot ulcers. Even minor cuts or sores can progress into ulcers and become infected, necessitating immediate attention and care.

4. Charcot foot

Charcot’s foot is a severe complication characterized by bone and joint deformities in the foot and/or ankle. It is often caused by nerve damage, leading to weakened bones and instability. Timely diagnosis and management are crucial to prevent further complications.

Essential Foot Care Tips for the Rainy Season

To maintain healthy feet and minimize foot-related complications during the rainy season, consider the following tips:

1. Clean and dry feet

After coming home from outside, wash your feet with soap and water. Thoroughly dry your feet, especially between the toes, to prevent moisture buildup that can lead to fungal infections.

2. Antifungal powder

Keep antifungal powders handy and use them when necessary to combat fungal growth and keep your feet dry.

3. Nail care

Regularly trim your nails straight across to prevent injuries and reduce the risk of infections. Avoid cutting the corners, as it can cause ingrown nails.

4. Prompt medical attention

If you notice any skin lesions, foot injuries, or persistent foot problems, consult a dermatologist or podiatrist for proper evaluation and treatment.

5. Blood sugar management

Keeping your blood sugar levels under control is vital for overall foot health. Monitor your levels regularly and follow your healthcare provider’s guidelines.

6. Daily foot inspections

Take time each day to inspect your feet for any redness, swelling, cuts, or blisters. Early detection of foot issues can help prevent complications.

7. Proper footwear selection

Choose well-fitting, comfortable shoes made of breathable materials to avoid discomfort and shoe bites. Ensure they provide adequate support and protect your feet from dampness. 

Tip: Thoroughly dry your feet after washing and use talcum powder or antifungal powder to keep the skin dry.

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Maintaining foot health is essential, especially for people with diabetes during the rainy season. By following these essential foot care tips, monitoring blood sugar levels, and seeking prompt medical attention, you can reduce the risk of foot-related complications and enjoy a healthier rainy season. 

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Also, you can use our Fitterfly Wellness App to gain more insights about your health. 

You can speak with one of our counsellors to learn more about Fitterfly’s Diabetes Care Program.

Remember, taking care of your feet is a crucial part of managing diabetes and overall well-being.

Disclaimer

This blog provides general information for educational and informational purposes only and shouldn't be seen as professional advice.

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