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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Is There a Stigma on Type-2 Diabetics?

Socks for Type-2 DiabeticsIs there a social stigma attached to type 2 diabetes?

Many people living with the illness would say yes.

In fact, surveys show that many people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes feel judged. According to research from the marketing firm dQ&A:

 

  • 76 percent of type 1 patients felt stigmatized, compared to 52 percent with type 2.
  • 83 percent of parents of type 1 children said they felt stigmatized.
  • More than half of people with type 2 diabetes who used intensive insulin therapies – multiple injections or a daily pump – felt stigmatized.

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Facts about Diabetes and Poor Circulation

diabetes & circulation issuesHaving diabetes can complicate your life in many ways. In addition to having to watch what you eat, you also need to worry about your circulation.

When you have high blood sugar, it can damage your blood vessels, leading to plaque build-up, which in turn lessens your blood flow. Diabetics can also develop neuropathy, or nerve damage, which can mean a loss in feeling.

Leg cramps, pain while walking, or numbness in your feet or toes an all be signs of poor circulation.

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Tips for Lowering Blood Pressure For Diabetics

Controlling diabetic blood pressureWhile Creative Care makes its living selling diabetic support socks, we like to use this space to provide a different kind of support to people with diabetes.

We know that living with diabetes can mean dealing with several other health issues, including high blood pressure. Hypertension affects two-thirds of all diabetics, and can lead to more serious problems – like strokes and heart attacks – if left uncontrolled.

That’s why we’ve compiled these tips from The Cleveland Clinic and WebMD for keeping your blood pressure low when you have diabetes:

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Best Exercises for Active Diabetics

Diabetic woman holds up a glaucometerOur business here is diabetic compression socks, but we want the people who wear them to lead happy, healthy lives.

Part of that is getting enough exercise. We all need to exercise, but when you have diabetes, the need for exercise takes on new importance.

It’s so important that the American Diabetes Association suggests people with diabetes never go more than two days without getting some aerobic exercise.

The National Institutes of Health says patients with diabetes should aim for two and half hours of exercise every week. If you’re living with diabetes, here are five exercises recommended by the Cleveland Clinic:

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How Can Compression Socks Benefit People Without Diabetes?

seniors with diabetic compression socksFoot and leg care is a big part of living with diabetes, which is why Creative Care products such as compression socks are so important.

They’re designed to help relieve aching legs by using a stronger elastic, which helps soothe foot-related discomfort.  They prevent blood clots and can increase circulation, making them useful for patients who are bed-ridden or otherwise inactive.

But are these socks useful for people without diabetes? Ask anyone who’s run a marathon. Runners have used them for years to increase oxygen delivery, prevent cramping and reduce fatigue.

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Summer Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

diabetic socks for summerWhen you have diabetes, the carefree days of summer aren’t so carefree.

Life with diabetes means you need to take care of your feet, beyond just buying a few pairs of high-quality diabetic socks. Here are a few ways to do that so you can enjoy a healthy and happy summer.

  1. Don’t go barefoot

Walking around without shoes – especially at the beach – seems like a natural part of summer. But if you have diabetes, you know that a foot wound can be dangerous because you have less sensation in your lower extremities.

That’s why it’s important to wear sandals or shoes on the beach. Accidentally stepping on a shell or a stone can lead to a cut that you might not notice. You’ll also avoid burns from walking on hot sand.

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