How individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes can avoid diabetic foot ulcers

Having type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes means that there is a rather long list of health-related daily tasks that one must remember, which includes taking insulin injections, eating frequently throughout the day and monitoring blood sugar levels.

However, checking up on foot health is something that may be easy to forget for people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes. A recent article published by the North American Press Syndicate (NAPS) highlighted the prevalence of diabetic foot ulcers and offered several tips for how diabetics can help avoid this serious problem.

According to the news organization, between 15 and 25 percent of individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes will develop foot ulcers in their lifetime, and as many as 24 percent of these people will require amputation to correct the damage.

The risk of developing foot ulcers increases with age and duration of time spent living with diabetes. Males also have a greater chance of developing the condition than women, the news provider explained.

The news source reported that sustaining a healthy diabetic diet and exercise program, in addition to refraining from smoking, may help reduce one's risk of experiencing foot ulcers.

Using warm water to wash feet daily and keeping both the tops and bottoms moisturized may promote good foot health. The NAPS also recommended wearing socks and comfortable shoes that allow oxygen to pass through to the feet. In order to increase blood flow to lower extremities, individuals should wiggle their ankles and toes periodically throughout the day.

The American Diabetes Association recommends that individuals with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes check their feet regularly for calluses, blisters or sores that are not healing or become worse. People who experience loss of feeling in their feet should also seek medical attention, the organization notes.