Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetics are more prone to various foot problems due to the potential development of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect your entire body, but most often the legs and feet are the most prone areas to serious health complications.
The damage to your nerves can cause the loss of feeling in your feet, hindering the ability to detect extreme temperatures and pain. As a result, there is a higher risk of sustaining a serious cut or wound and not even noticing your foot is injured until an infection begins. Many diabetic foot problems can be prevented in some measure with improved blood sugar control through proper diet and medications.
If you are among one of the millions of people in the United States with diabetes, it is important to visit your podiatrist for regular foot examinations in order to maintain healthy feet and a strong body.
Examine Your Feet Daily
Careful inspection of your feet on a regular basis is one of the easiest, least expensive and most effective measures for preventing foot complications. By examining your feet daily, and after every injury, you are taking a crucial step in preventing serious foot problems. Noticeable changes, such as temperature, skin color, pain, or swelling can be warning signs that could potentially lead to something more serious.
Annual examinations by your podiatrist are an integral part of the treatment plan for Diabetics. A podiatrist can provide a more thorough exam and detect any signs of changes, such as broken skin or ulcers that can be lead to infections and potential loss of limb.
Regular Foot Checkups
Diabetics should regularly visit with their podiatrist to evaluate and treat any impending problems, such as corns, calluses, elongated and ingrown toenails. Early signs of neuropathy can be detected and preventive measures can be taken.
Shoe gear is very important, and a podiatrist can properly check your shoes and inserts, fit you for new ones, and make sure there are no areas of abnormal pressure that may lead to sores or ulcers. Even simple cutting of toenails can save a foot.