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For people without diabetes, fancy skin cream is often a sheer indulgence. For people with diabetes, however, it's a far more serious matter.
Diabetes-related peripheral neuropathy can cause loss of sensation in your feet, leading to unsuspected injury and a hole in your foot before you know it. At the same time, neuropathy can create remarkably painful burning, prickling, and other distressing sensations.
That's why it's important to examine your feet from top to bottom every day, even peering between your toes - just to make sure that there's nothing going on down there that might lead to a foot ulcer. It's far easier to prevent a foot ulcer than to cure one, so every step you take to care for your feet makes it more likely that you'll still be stepping out in the future.
Sole food is an important ingredient in the foot care recipe. Massage your feet softly with a good cream, lotion, or oil to soften the skin and prevent cracks, blisters, and calluses. (Do not apply any products between your toes unless instructed to by your caregiver. And never apply anything to an open sore; instead, see your physician, podiatrist, or wound care specialist immediately.)
If you have painful neuropathy, you might want to try some of the pain-relieving lotions. Of course, there are oral medications targeted at painful neuropathy, but sometimes the simplest solution can really help. In any case, do remember to thoroughly check the status of your feet every day. Bottoms up!
Sep 20, 2007
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