Tips for caring for diabetic foot

Written by: Dr. F. Javier Aragón Sánchez
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Injuries in the diabetic foot is one of the major complications of diabetes. Controlling pathology improperly can affect nerves and blood vessels of the foot area, causing ulcers, infections or necrosis. If these problems are not treated early they entail the death of the respective tissues and therefore subsequent amputations.

In fact, only in the Canary Islands have been performed more than 3,000 amputations due to this reason in the past five years. This is why early intervention is essential to avoid mutilating treatment.

There are surgical techniques that get remove the part of the infected bone and through innovative cures fully heal the foot without amputation.


Tips for patients with diabetes

It is important that patients suffering from diabetes monitor the occurrence of ulcers and wounds in the foot, since 85% of amputations begin with the appearance of ulcers. Experts recommend patients with diabetes:

  • The use of large and cushioned shoes without internal seams and inner lining with light colored. They also advise buying shoes in the afternoon, as it is when the foot is more swollen.
  • Use socks and stockings cotton or wool and seamless.
  • Avoid soaking your feet for long periods of time.
  • Wash your feet daily with warm or cold water for 5 minutes.
  • Dry your feet thoroughly after washing and avoid friction with very rough towels.
  • Moisturize your feet daily.
  • Avoid using heating pads.
  • Limar nails instead of cutting them.
  • Do not use chemicals in the foot.
  • Walking daily, unless otherwise specified by the doctor.
  • No Smoking


Treatment of diabetic foot

The main treatment of diabetic foot is the prevention and control of disease. Physicians should monitor the progress of the disease accurately and patients should conduct reviews at least once a year.

When a patient has an ulcer mean that diabetes is not adequately controlled. Therefore, specialists in General Surgery should identify the type of ulcer and proceed with care. To treat an ulcer should cover the lesion and then treat the infection and relieve pressure.

If the patient with diabetes has experienced a previous ulcer, you should pay special attention to hygiene and care of your feet and prevent thus recurrences.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. F. Javier Aragón Sánchez

By Dr. F. Javier Aragón Sánchez

It is one of the best doctors in diabetic foot issue that has specialized and on which he has published books and articles. Among his academic achievements is overcoming doctorate or title of Member of the Board of the International Working Group on Diabetic Foot Infections. Throughout his career he has combined his clinical work with teaching being Professor of International Surgery Course Diabetic Foot in the Department of nursing and podiatry at the Complutense University of Madrid, has also coordinated various training courses focused on health personnel. Of his 20 years of experience, include his position as Head of Surgery and Diabetic Foot Unit at the Paloma (Las Palmas) Hospital and its prominent role in national congresses on diabetic foot paper.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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