Many people with diabetes have a hard time feeling their feet. If you are one of these people, how do you know if there is something wrong? One way to find out how your feet are doing is by checking how much blood flow they have. In this blog post, I will go over how to increase blood flow in the feet for diabetes!
How can diabetes affect my feet?
Diabetes is a disease that can cause high blood sugar. When the body’s cells do not work how they should, this causes problems for how your body uses insulin and breaks down sugars in food. With diabetes, it might be hard to feel your feet because of nerve damage or poor circulation caused by these things. This also means you will have a more challenging time telling if there are any cuts, sores, or infections on them.
Sometimes, people with diabetes may develop neuropathy, which makes it difficult to “feel” anything, including pain. Poor circulation in their extremities could mean slower healing from wounds and less feeling of touch and temperature changes! If you experience numbness or tingly sensations in your hands and feet, plus swelling, you may have peripheral neuropathy.
How to Increase Blood Flow to Feet for Diabetics
If you have diabetes or have poor circulation, you may experience more pain in your extremities, including your feet. This can make it hard to exercise and also make it difficult to walk around comfortably.
This is how to increase blood flow in the feet for people who have diabetes!
– Wear comfortable shoes that permit your toes room to move. You want them to be tight enough, so they don’t fall off, but not too tightly that it causes discomfort on a long walk or if you have any swelling in your feet and ankles.
– Choose socks made of thin material (ideally cotton) rather than thicker garments like wool or polyester, which can cause circulation problems
– Make sure there are no open sores on your skin before putting on new socks. If any cuts or abrasions make sure, they have healed first by taking care of those properly with lotion and antibiotic cream. This is important because cuts and abrasions on the feet can make it much easier for bacteria to enter.
– Make sure you are taking your diabetes medication as prescribed by your doctor
– Stay hydrated: drink plenty of fluids, especially water, throughout the day so that you don’t become dehydrated when exercising or walking long distances. For example, drink at least one full glass of liquid before embarking on a walk to help prevent dehydration from setting in.
– Check how well blood is circulating in your feet every time they swell up during exercise or if there’s any pain involved with their feeling – this could be an indication that circulation has been restricted due to injury or illness.
If these tips do not work after trying them over several days, it’s a good idea to see your doctor.
The key to keeping your feet healthy and happy is making sure they are correctly cared for. This includes a daily foot soak with warm water, followed by some gentle massage of the toes and ball of the foot before drying off. You can also do these things between soaking on days when you don’t have time for a complete treatment session. It’s essential to keep an eye out for any signs that something might be wrong, like sores or blisters (especially if those develop quickly) because diabetes makes it harder to heal from cuts or injuries. If you need more information about how we can help improve blood circulation in your feet, contact us today!
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