Proper foot care is essential for those with Diabetes. Of the 16 million Americans with diabetes, 25% develop foot problems related to the disease. This is primarily due to a condition called neuropathy. Diabetic Neuropathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the nerves. The most common type of diabetic neuropathy is called peripheral neuropathy and affects the peripheral nerves. Peripheral nerves are the nerves that go out from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles, skin, internal organs, and glands. Peripheral neuropathy impairs proper functioning of these sensory and motor nerves. The most common symptoms of neuropathy include numbness and loss of feeling, usually in the feet and hands.
Diabetic Neuropathy can cause insensitivity or a loss of ability to feel pain, heat, and cold. Diabetics suffering from neuropathy can develop minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, or pressure sores that they may not be aware of due to the insensitivity. If these minor injuries are left untreated, complications may result and lead to ulceration and possibly even amputation. Neuropathy can also cause deformities such as Bunions, Hammer Toes, and Charcot Feet. It is very important for diabetics to take the necessary precautions to prevent all foot-related injuries. Due to the consequences of neuropathy, daily observation of the feet is critical. When a diabetic patient takes the necessary preventative footcare measures, he or she reduces the risk of developing serious foot conditions.
If you suffer from neuropathy, there are some great natural ways you can support your foot health, including essential oils. Always be sure to properly dilute your oils to ensure that you aren’t doing more harm than good.
- Peppermint oil: Peppermint is known to reduce pain and relax muscles.
- Lavender: A natural pain reliever that promotes relaxation and sleep.
- Roman chamomile: Helps to soothe muscles that are in pain and reduce inflammation.
- Tea tree oil: Disinfects and has powerful antiseptic properties. It can be placed directly on cuts and scrapes to clean, disinfect, and reduce pain. Tea tree oil can be used for fungal infections, rashes, blisters, athlete’s foot, burns, infected wounds, cold sores, insect bites, and warts.
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