Good news, Physician Olufunmilayo Adeleye Reveals the best way to manage foot ulcer for diabetic patients.

Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, Olufunmilayo Adeleye, reveals some remedies for diabetics patients. 

Researchers says that 15 percent of diabetic patients will develop a foot ulcer at some point in their life.

Adeleye revealed that the above hypothesis could be reduced or avoided when the patient head to some few advices. 

According to her, foot disease is one of the most complications of diabetes which is as a result of excessive sugar levels, which affect the nerves.

She stated that wearing a good fitting shoe is a good way of managing diabetic foot ulcer. 

She said:
“Generally, diabetes patients should take their drugs, and not compare themselves with another diabetic patient because diabetes treatment is individualistic.

“There are several factors that we put together for a particular patient that makes it the right medication for such patient, so it is not advisable to share drugs or insist on taking a particular drug prescribed by their friends.

“They should rather see a qualified medical personnel who would recommend the drug that is suitable for them based on their personal characteristics,” 

She also advised diabetic parents to protect their feet to avoid nerve damages. 

"You need your nerves to protect you from injury. So, when the nerves are impaired, they are unable to protect the toes from injury. If a diabetic steps on stone, nail, or hot substance, it can result in leg ulcer.

“Also, because blood is not flowing to the leg, it can predispose them to injury. They need to take proper care of their feet by ensuring that they wear appropriate and comfortable shoes all the time,” Adeleye said.

She warned women with diabetes against wearing high-heeled shoes because as it will affect the distribution of their weight. She recommended therapeutic shoes instead. 

“Also, we recommend therapeutic shoes for them to help calibrate the weight of the body.

“They should avoid buying shoes in the morning; rather, they should buy their shoes towards mid-day when the foot would have swollen and that way, they will get their appropriate shoe sizes

They should not wear flip-flops [slippers] so that anything sharp will not pierce it and injure their feet.

“They should inspect their feet every day, look in-between the toes to make sure that there are no calluses.

“We also advise them to avoid putting their feet very close to the engine when traveling in a vehicle, because that is one of the things that can cause blisters on their feet.

“Those of them who feel pain whenever they walk should be examined; they should come to the hospital once they feel anything on their feet or notice any wound,” she said.

She also recommended wearing socks so that the feet will be well moistened and advised rubbing of Vaseline immediately they noticed that their feet is getting dry. 

“When they notice that their feet are dried, they should use Vaseline to rub around the feet,” she advised.
She also emphasized on the importance of sticking to the prescribed diets as it will aid quick recovery and makes the drug more effective. 

“In terms of food, a diabetic patient can eat all the available foods in Nigeria, but we advised them to avoid taking processed foods and sugary foods.

“They need all the food types but the quantity of their foods should be small.

“They should ensure that they exercise and take their medication.

“For exercise, they can trek for about 30 minutes everyday and they must visit the clinic regularly,” Adeleye noted.

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