9. Control Blood Sugar Level
No matter how much you take care of your feet, all your efforts will go in vain if your blood sugar level is not under control. Hence, it is important to keep your blood sugar level in your target range.
In fact, it is the best way to prevent diabetic complications and foot problems.
A 2006 study published in the Annals of Family Medicine found that a significant proportion of adults with undiagnosed diabetes have signs of nephropathy and peripheral neuropathy. These findings suggest that early screening for diabetes and proper management can help a lot.
For managing your diabetes, opt for regular medical exams, daily monitoring of your blood sugar, regular exercise, eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and so on.
10. Quit Smoking
Smoking affects your body from head to toe, hence if you have diabetes it’s time to quit.
Smoking leads to reduced blood flow to your feet. Proper blood flow is needed to keep your feet healthy and fight infections. The reduced level of nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood can seriously worsen foot and leg problems.
A 2015 study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that smoking may be associated with an increased risk of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. However, it is still not clear whether smoking cessation reduces that risk in adults with diabetes.
Talk to your doctor if you need help quitting.