If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you are at increased risk of developing complications known as diabetic foot, which is among the most common reasons for hospitalization of people with diabetes.
High levels of sugar in the blood over a long period lead to the damage of the nerves and blood vessels, which is a major predisposition for the disease.
In this article, you can read how to prevent and treat diabetic foot using herbal medicine.
Diabetic foot is a dangerous condition
Diabetic foot symptoms that should not be ignored
For complication such as the diabetic foot is characteristic the following symptoms, which cannot be ignored or neglected:
– Burning, pain or numbness in the feet
– Changes in skin color feet (red, blue, grayish or whitish skin)
– Swelling of the legs
– Lack of hair growth
on the skin in a particular area
– Tight, shiny skin on the soles of the feet
– Feeling of cold or heat
– Often cracking on the skin
– Wounds that are drained
– Strong pain when walking
– Fever (it`s a sign of infection and require immediate medical attention)
Nerve damage caused by diabetes called neuropathy.
It can cause a loss of sensation in the legs, which do not allow the patient to recognize the time of the injury or wound that is generated in the foot until the occurrence of serious damages or infections.
That is a big problem of diabetics, because it develops very quickly, almost overnight.
For example, plain blisters or burns can be within 24 hours to jeopardize not only the legs but also the life of the patient.
The most serious form of diabetic foot is gangrene on the legs and this situation requires immediate hospitalization and amputation.
Statistics show that about 25 percent of diabetic patients after ten years of the disease can get ulcerations (sores) on the feet and they are much more common in men.
In order to develop these complications prevented or stopped in time, it is necessary to keep diabetes under control, maintain hygiene legs, wear wider shoes and regularly inspect your feet.
Many natural products can be useful for the diabetic foot, but if you notice that the treatments are not effective or the condition worsens it, consult a specialist.
Diabetic neuropathy causes disease
More than half of diabetic patients older than 60 years have diabetic neuropathy, which affects the sensory, motor and vegetative nerve and is the main predisposition for the development of complications like the diabetic foot.
Neuropathy on a leg begins insidiously, without any symptoms and, therefore, it is difficult to recognize in the early stages.
Due to loss of feeling in the foot patient notes repeated microtrauma outside, resulting in the appearance of small ulcers.
Those small ulcers usually occur when wearing uncomfortable shoes or during irregular cutting nails.
At the same time, due to motor neuropathy occur unequally and increased pressure on certain parts of the feet and the difficulty of movement of the patient, thereby is also creating conditions for the emergence of numerous wounds.
Due to autonomic neuropathy on the leg is significantly reduced secretion of sweat, the skin becomes dry, inelastic and shoot, which is a risk for infection.
The risk factors for diabetic foot include: diabetes that lasts longer than 10 years, constantly regulated blood sugar, the presence of cardiovascular complications, eye complication, kidney complications (characteristic of diabetes), smoking, poor education about the care of the foot, wearing inadequate footwear, foot trauma , elevated LDL cholesterol, obesity and more.
Self-control of the foot is the best prevention for this disease
Self-control foot includes regular maintenance of their hygiene:
– Daily washing in warm water with soap and children’s sure to thoroughly wipe, especially between the toes,
– Properly cut nails,
– Wearing comfortable shoes,
– Avoid walking without socks and shoes,
– Control of the foot in order to find a puncture wound, foreign bodies (thorns), etc.
In this way, patients can notice minor injuries, which cannot feel because of sensory neuropathy.
It is also possible to monitor risk calluses (blisters – places where the skin breaks).
Proper selection of shoes can prevent the formation of callus and avoiding walking without socks and shoes can reduce the risk of “mini-injury”, which are the front door for the development of infection.
Of course, there are natural remedies to treat Diabetic foot.
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