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Get Expert Advice About Diabetic Footcare

I don't proclaim to be an expert when it comes to diabetic footcare, but I will admit to doing a tremendous amount of research, and looking for the "expert" advice out there. My research tells me that the experts pretty much all recommend the same thing.....prevention through constant attention and vigilence.
For the majority of us, a cut or blister on the heel or sole of the foot is pretty much just an "ouch" thing where a bandaid is slapped on and life goes on. Not so for the diabetic foot.  Open sores, even the cracks that develop from dry skin, to lead to serious complications like infection, and even amputation. According to James Wrobel DPM, people who develop diabetic foot ulcers have a higher risk of dying in five years, then from some forms of cancer, including prostate, breast and Hodgkins lymphoma.
Another scary possibility caused by uncontrolled glucose levels is  a condition called diabetic neuropathy. Numbness or tingling can hide the sensations of hot, cold and even pain from an injury, thereby leading to undetcted injuries.  Nerve damage can also affect your body's ability to sweat, and sweat is the only moisture your body creates on the foot, since  feet do not have sweat glands. Without sweat, the foot of the diabetic dries with alarming quickness, leaving the feet really vulnerable to cracking. Along with this the foot's fat pads also harden and thin out, creating ideal conditions for foot ulcers.Doctors advise washing feet daily, drying thoroughly and applying lotion, cream or petroleum jelly. I advise you to slip on a pair of SoleMates to keep clothing, rugs and furnishing clean. They also advise never going barefoot. That would really be hard for me in the Summer, so I absolutely do the next best thing. I wear my SoleMates, with my flipflops and it is the next best thing to going barefoot. Doctor's advise that you wear a "clean, light-colored synthetic blend that wicks moisture away. That's made to order SoleMates, and the added bonus is that they prevent moisture loss.