Diabetic Foot Care


Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetics are more prone to various foot problems than those without diabetes due to the development of painful 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.

Person seeing a podiatrist about diabetic foot care
The damage to your nerves can cause the loss of feeling in your feet, making it difficult to detect extreme temperatures and pain as easily, or readily, as someone who does not have diabetes. As a result, you could sustain a serious cut or wound and not even notice your foot is injured until an infection begins. Many diabetic foot problems can be prevented in some measure with improved blood sugar control and a strengthened immune system.

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 to preventing serious foot problems. Noticeable changes, such as temperature, skin color, pain, or swelling may be warning signs for poor circulation or loss of sensation that could potentially lead to something more serious.

Annual examinations by your podiatrist are also vital for anyone with diabetes. A podiatrist can provide a more thorough exam and detect any signs of changes, such as broken skin or ulcers that can be detrimental to the health of your feet and body. Your podiatrist can also check for areas of high pressure or loss of blood circulation.

Clean Your Feet

With diabetes, it is important to keep your feet clean. Wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap. After washing, make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, especially in-between the toes. You may also apply non-irritating moisturizer to prevent cracks and to keep your feet smooth.

Be sure to also avoid ingrown toenails, which can get infected, by keeping them trimmed neatly. If you are unable to cut your toenails safely, ask your podiatrist for professional assistance. And never attempt to cut your own bunions or corns as this can lead to infection, as well. Instead, remember to visit your podiatrist for safe and pain free removal.

To further protect your feet from harm, be sure to:

  • Avoid smoking, as it reduces blood flow to your feet
  • Buy comfortable shoes that are not too tight or too loose
  • Wear clean, dry socks and change them everyday
  • Never walk barefoot in order to protect your feet from harmful objects

Diabetes is serious, especially when your feet are involved. Early detection and simple care are just a few things that can be done to control and prevent complications as they arise.

Your podiatrist plays a critical role in the prevention and management of complications of the foot in diabetics. Talk to your podiatrist today to see what you can do now to keep your feet safe, strong, and healthy.

For more information about diabetic foot care, call our Newark, DE podiatry office at (302) 633-1300 today!

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- Leslie T.

"I just completed 12 treatments for neurapathy and I am thrilled with the results. When Dr. Iannucci recommended the MLS Laser Therapy I wasn't sure what to expect but I knew that I didn't have much to loose trying it. I am almost 70 years old and have had this condition for many years. I would say that I pretty much had foot pain all of my waking hours and it even woke me up two or three times each night. After completing the laser treatments I am thrilled to report that I have little to no pain at all. I have said on numerous occasions lately -- "my feet don't hurt!" In fact, I have even gone back to my old exercise DVD "Sweatin' to the Oldies" now that the pain isn't my constant companion. I encourage anyone with this constant pain to give the MLS Laser Therapy a try. It is painless and effective, and I thought the cost was well worth it. I am grateful to Dr. I for recommending it and plan on going back in the summer to get some treatments for plantar fasciitis."

 

- Beryl S.

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