Healthy feet are happy feet because they have no problems. They are free of calluses, corns, bunions, and toe fungus. They are moisturized, buffed, and polished to perfection. They are presentable to the public. This is not always the case. I have seen many a dark and gruesome toenail bed that looks like dirt deep within, even when it isn’t. It can be the telltale sign of an infection of the fungal kind.

Toe fungus is the least of your problems. If you have diabetes, for example, you really have to mind your feet. Even cracks that don’t bother other people can plague a diabetic. It is never a good sign to see any sores either; if so, you must be off to the doctor asap.

A dermatologist familiar with the disease can help you watch for warning signs such as redness, irritation, blisters, or scratches. Diabetic skin is fragile and can get rough and uncomfortable. Constant application of a special lotion is advised, particularly one containing aloe. There are some simple home remedies that you can try as well. In addition, many patients find that it is necessary to have a doctor clip their toenails to avoid infection. This is particular true if you have ingrown nails. The dire consequence can be loss of a limb. It is that important.

Toe fungus has topical treatments, by prescription, and oral medications. Most work quite well if one’s liver can handle it. A simple test will be necessary in order to tell. Fungus is insistent, however, and may come back. Keeping feet dry helps as well as avoiding walking in communal showers at the gym. Dry feet gently by patting, not rubbing. Wear clean socks (not too tight) and never go barefoot.

When you have diabetes, you should avoid home-made solutions such as those with vinegar or bleach. They don’t work by themselves and may cause a skin reaction. Dealing with pain also requires a podiatrist’s care and drug therapy. He or she will tell you to wear proper shoes or at least insoles and to walk to improve circulation and the delivery of oxygen. A foot massage is also not a bad idea, plus it feels great while it detoxifies the body.

Diet and exercise, along with medication to balance blood sugar and regulate insulin, help diabetics live long and happy lives. There is a vast laundry list of things you can and cannot consume. Poor diet and smoking, not to mention bad luck with genetics, are the bane of man’s existence. So much damage can be done over time. Healing from any foot condition also takes forever. Why play with fire and overindulge in any vice!

There are a lot of old wives tales out there about foot care and diabetes, so read the Internet with a grain of salt. Don’t believe everything you see and here. Medical professionals are the ones to heed as they are truly on your side. Your health is your responsibility and it pays to take every measure you can to ensure it. As a diabetic, you are particularly vulnerable to foot problems that can damage your nerves and impair blood circulation in the area. Checking yourself regularly is a good start.