How to Treat Infections in the Diabetic Foot 1

How to Treat Infections in the Diabetic Foot

In diabetes there is a decrease in the body’s ability to heal, especially in places with less blood circulation like the legs or feet. In this way, it is very important to avoid removing the calluses in the home because it can cause wounds that will be very difficult to heal and that can infect.

So, the best way to go in reducing the callus at home and relieve pain consisting of:

  1. Thoroughly wash the feet;
  2. Put your feet in a basin with warm water for 5 minutes;
  3. Pass pumice lightly on the callus.

After making this small scrape on the foot, you can still apply a moisturizer on the affected area to keep the skin soft and prevent callus will continue to grow.

However, creams for removing calluses, which are sold in pharmacies or supermarkets, should be avoided because they can cause skin lesions, which, even if very small, can keep on increasing in the diabetic.

How to speed up the recovery

In order to accelerate the recovery of the skin and facilitate the removal of the callus, there are some cautions that a diabetic can have during the day such as:

1. Use comfortable shoes

The shoes ideas should be closed, but soft and comfortable to avoid excessive pressure in some areas such as the toe or the heel. In this way it is possible to prevent corns increase in size or appear in other places.

An interesting tip is to use two pairs of shoes during the same day, because in this way it is possible to avoid the same pressure zones of a shoe to the other.

2. Keep the feet clean and dry

The best way to clean your feet is by washing them with warm water, avoiding the use of very hot water. This happens because the hot water, although you can make the callus softer, hinders the healing of other small wounds you may have on the foot.

After washing the foot is also very important to dry very well to the towel, to avoid the development of fungi and reduce the chances of the foot slipping inside the sock, and can cause more pain in the callus.

3. Moisturize the feet

Calluses develop due to thickening of the skin in places a lot of pressure and, therefore, it is normal that the skin in these places become more dry. So, a good way to go reducing calluses or prevent them is to keep the skin of the feet always well-hydrated. The best way is to use a good moisturizing cream simple, without smell or other chemicals that may injure the skin.

When you go to the doctor

People with diabetes should make regular business to podologista to assess the health of the feet and prevent complications. In most cases, the calluses do not need to be treated by the podologista, however, the case arise very frequently or to take a long time so it is best recommended to seek the professional to initiate the appropriate treatment.

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