Diabetic Foot Care: Foot Massage As Neuropathy Treatment

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Diabetes has various symptoms depending on your blood sugar elevation. The most common include increased thirst and hunger, frequent urination, blurred vision, irritability, fatigue, and unexplained weight reduction. High blood sugar increases the likelihood of suffering from diabetic neuropathy. In addition to shedding light on this condition, we’ll discuss how you can manage it through therapeutic foot massages.

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Excess blood sugar adversely affects nerve fibers all over your body. Neuropathy occurs due to nerve damage on your hands, arms, legs, and feet. Its symptoms include sharp pain, tingling, a burning sensation, joint problems, sensitivity to touch, numbness, and weak muscles.

One way of managing diabetic neuropathy is to ensure your limbs are always clean and moisturized. It’s advisable to bathe with antibacterial soap then rinse the residue with warm water. Apply a specialized lotion after drying off the area with a soft, clean towel.

How Does Massage Help With Diabetic Neuropathy?

According to research, massages reduce diabetes symptoms in various ways. They include lowering blood glucose and hemoglobin A1C, pain management, and treating diabetic foot ulcers. Not every massage has the same results. The effectiveness depends on factors such as:

  • The type of massage and therapist’s skills.
  • The extent of neuropathy.
  • The duration of each massage and the number of sessions.
  • Your mental receptiveness.

A massage helps by improving blood circulation in the parts that experience neuropathy. The more active your muscles are, the more nourished your nerve endings will feel. Even if you don’t exhibit the symptoms yet, this improved circulation plays a preventative role.

Beneficial Foot Care Options for Diabetics

Studies show a marked improvement among diabetes patients who receive up to 3 weekly 30-minute Thai foot massages. This form of therapy improves your sensations, range of motion, eases anxiety, and revives energy. Swedish massage and traditional Chinese medicinal foot baths also show positive results for patients with neuropathy symptoms.

If you need a foot massager for home use, ensure it has the necessary features to tackle foot pain associated with peripheral neuropathy. They include pressure point targeting surfaces, heat options, arch bars, and oscillating footpads. Cloud and Shiatsu foot massagers also do a great job of kneading, rolling, and heating your feet.

It’s advisable to seek your doctor’s advice before scheduling a professional massage or using a commercial product. Take special precautions if you have conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and open wounds. A Thai massage is not advisable for pregnant women or patients who’ve had recent surgery. Other medical concerns include bleeding disorders, burns, and deep vein thrombosis.

Other Effective Diabetic Foot Care Solutions

Your physician may advise you to stay off your feet to reduce pain from neuropathy and diabetic foot ulcers. This solution also prevents infections from getting worse. Diabetic shoes have ergonomic soles and anatomical orthotic insoles to provide excellent cushioning while relieving pressure.

They’re also made of breathable and padded materials to avoid friction with your skin. These shoes offer extra space for your toes to protect your nerves whenever your foot swells. Other wearable solutions include foot braces, compression wraps, casts, and shoe inserts.

Diabetic socks also offer an affordable, comfortable, and stylish solution to your foot care problems. They allow you to live life to the fullest while managing diabetes. Other effective alternatives include compression and linear socks, neuropathic dressing covers, brace sleeves, thermal bed socks, and comfortable body sleeves.

Creative Care Is the Solution to Your Foot Care Needs

At Creative Care, we go to great lengths to design comfortable and medically beneficial products for diabetes patients. Our high-quality diabetic socks are perfect for tackling moisture and friction, as well as reducing pressure from seams and wrinkling. Other than tailor-making them for all genders, they come in various sizes, colors, and designs. Please call us today for customized solutions to your foot care needs.

Diabetic Socks: Steps You Can Take To Improve Your Quality of Life

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Foot care is a fundamental part of living with diabetes. Wearing diabetic socks regularly can help you take proper care of your feet and live a normal and enjoyable life. These socks are made from high-quality materials with excellent moisture absorption capabilities. They are non-constricting, seamless, well-padded, and close-fitting. They also feature a nylon exterior to significantly minimize friction and the possibility of a foot injury, while walking. That is the level of precision that goes into designing these crucially important socks. Read on to learn how diabetic socks can enhance your quality of life living with diabetes. Continue Reading Diabetic Socks: Steps You Can Take To Improve Your Quality of Life

Diabetes Health: What is the importance of wearing diabetic socks?

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People who have diabetes are more likely to have problems with poor blood flow (circulation) or loss of feeling (sensation) in their feet. Poor circulation to the foot may lead to sores that are slower to heal. Loss of feeling or sensation is caused by damage to the nerves in the lower legs and feet.

Diabetic socks provide extra protection to help people with diabetes for their feet and avoid injury. Complications from diabetes can result in reduced blood flow to the feet as well as an increased risk of infections and other issues, and these socks are an easy way to help protect your feet. Continue Reading Diabetes Health: What is the importance of wearing diabetic socks?

Thermal Diabetic Socks: How Can They Help You Sleep?

Diabetic woman sleeping soundly thanks to thermal diabetic socks

Having trouble drifting off when your head hits the pillow? The problem might be with your feet.

When our lower extremities get cold, our blood circulation drops. When we warm our feet, we send a signal to our brain that it’s time for sleep.

One of the easiest ways to keep our feet warm, of course, is by sleeping while wearing socks, such as our thermal diabetic socks.

It’s the easiest and safest way to keep warm, as methods such as hot water bottles, heating pads or electric blankets can lead you to become overheated or cause burns.

This is especially important for people with diabetes, as you might have less sensitivity in your feet and not notice when you’ve sustained a burn.

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Diabetes and Cold Weather

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As we write this, we’re watching summer tick slowly away. Pretty soon we’ll be welcoming crisp fall air, digging sweaters out of our closets and preparing for the winter holidays.

And while this can be an enjoyable time of year, fall and winter can often be challenging for people with diabetes, as the cold weather months often bring with them higher blood sugar levels.

That’s why we put together this brief guide to diabetes and cold weather, with the aim of helping readers with diabetes live well while the temperatures drop.

Here are six things you can do in the next few months to remain healthy.

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What Can Diabetics Eat for Snacks?

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Living with diabetes means making a lot of changes. You need to monitor your blood sugar, get special diabetic socks, and change your diet.

That includes snacking. When most people think of snacks, they picture the little package of M&Ms waiting for them in their desk, or the bag of chips calling to them from the pantry.

But when you have diabetes, snacking becomes trickier. You need to choose things that will help you control your blood sugar levels.

That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a lifetime of bland, boring food. Here are a few snacks for diabetics that are as healthy as they are enjoyable.

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7 Things to Do After Being Diagnosed with Diabetes

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Getting diagnosed with diabetes can be a shattering experience, but it’s not something you have to handle alone.

Other people have been where you are now, and they’ve gotten through it. It’s just a matter of finding the right resources. If you’re wondering how to live with diabetes, it starts by following these steps.

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The Essentials of Diabetic Foot Care

proper shoe fitIf you’re someone living with diabetes, you probably spend more time than most people think about proper foot care.

That’s because the blood vessel and nerve damage that come from this illness can lead to serious health concerns if left unchecked.

The key phrase here is “if left unchecked.” You can avoid injuries and keep your feet healthy and happy by adhering to these “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of diabetic foot care.

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Supporting Individuals Diagnosed with Diabetes

Worried mature couple with doctorDiabetes can be a difficult illness to manage by yourself. If one of your loved ones has recently been diagnosed with this condition, it’s understandable that they might feel upset, scared or confused.

But there are ways you can help them cope with their diagnosis, and help them understand their new lifestyle. In this blog post, we’ll look at some ways of supporting individuals diagnosed with diabetes.

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How to Take Early Control of Your Diabetes

Diabetes is a diagnosis that stays with you for the rest of your life. But by taking the right measures early on, people with diabetes can live longer and healthier.

According to the National Institutes of Health, people who have type 1 diabetes who intensively control their blood sugar early in their illness are likely to outlive those who do not.

“The outlook for people with type 1 diabetes continues to improve,” said
Catherine Cowie, Ph.D., of NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, which funded the study, released in 2015. “These results show that by tightly controlling their blood glucose, people with type 1 diabetes can live longer.”

Once known as “juvenile diabetes”, type 1 typically affects younger people and occurs when the body does not make insulin. People who have type 1 must take daily doses of insulin to live.

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