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Diabetes Injuries: Prevention and Cure

Anyone is prone to injuries as he goes about his day to day life. Unlike most cases however, wounds and lacerations may take a longer time to heal in people with diabetes, especially among those with uncontrolled blood sugar. Therefore, to prevent injuries, persons with diabetes should be more cautious. Here are some specifics that should and shouldn’t be done to prevent and cure diabetes injuries, especially those of the feet.

Be extra careful. Though it may seem common sense already, being extra careful in going about everyday activities such as avoiding accident-prone areas, tripping or falling, can help prevent injuries.

Create a safe environment. Keeping the home as obstruction-free as possible can already lower the chances of being injured, especially for the elderly. Switch the lights on if the area is a bit dark, avoid using slippery rugs, and delegate chores that would involve possible injury-causing tools such as knives, axes, or other sharp objects.

Examine the feet everyday. According to Dr. Marie Yvette Rosales-Amante, an endocrinologist at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center, people with diabetes may also suffer from diabetic neuropathy — damage in the nerves, which may cause numbness to muscles and tissues, especially those of the feet. Therefore,people with diabetes should make it a habit to always inspect their feet for any wounds.

Take better care of your feet. To help avoid dry and cracked feet, Dr. Amante suggests the use of moisturizers especially on the soles and heels but not between the toes. She also recommends that when trimming toenails, simply cutting toenails across or square-shaped is better and safer.

Keep your sugar under control. Poorly controlled sugar level also means slower wound healing, says Dr. Amante. Given that injuries may be unavoidable, controlling your sugar level is imperative for quicker recovery.

Apply preventive antibiotics. Dr. Amante also says that once injured, especially in cases of deep wounds and scald burns from steam and hot water, applying preventive antibiotics can help lessen the possibility of infection and can help speed up wound healing.

Walk barefoot and wear inappropriate shoes. Walking barefoot increases the chances ofgetting your feet injured. Wearing very tight shoes, on the other hand, can lead to a build-up of calluses. If you do have calluses, Dr. Amante cautions that you should not operate on them yourself, as doing so may cause infection.

Have deep pedicure manipulations. “Deep pedicure infection is one of the most common injuries of the feet,” says Dr. Amante. Do not get very invasive pedicures or nail care. Also, try not to cut around the surrounding skin of your toenails.

Use insulin pen carelessly. Though Dr. Amante says that there is very little chance to get injuries or bruises from using insulin pens, there is a possibility that minute arteries may be hit once the insulin pen is stabbed carelessly. Also, do not use broken insulin pens.

Avoiding injuries is a must for everybody, but most especially for people with diabetes. As always, prevention is better than cure. For more ways to avoid injuries, ask your doctor.

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