Posts for tag: Diabetic Foot
Why is foot health important?
People with diabetes are at a much greater risk for developing serious problems such as nerve damage, loss of sensation, ulcers, and decreased circulation. This chronic condition also increases your risk for infections. Even small cuts and minor blisters can lead to a serious infection if left untreated.
This is why it’s important that any changes to your feet, even minor ones, are addressed and treated by a podiatrist rather than trying to treat the problem yourself. By turning to a podiatrist you can prevent further complications from happening.
How do I care for diabetic feet?
There are many things that you can do every day to maintain healthy, happy feet. This is something that your podiatrist can discuss with you when you come in for a comprehensive evaluation. Even if you have your diabetes properly controlled with medication, it’s still important to have a foot doctor that you can turn to for routine care, nail trimming, and more. Some tips for keeping diabetic feet healthy and problem-free include,
- Washing feet with warm water and soap at least once a day. Make sure that you also clean between toes. Once your feet are thoroughly clean, also dry them off completely before applying moisturizer.
- Never go barefoot, even indoors, as this could lead to an injury. Make sure to always check your shoes before putting them on to ensure that dirt or small objects may not be inside (as this can lead to injury).
- Wear shoes that provide the proper fit. There are shoes designed specifically for those with diabetes; however, as long as you wear shoes that provide protection, optimal support, and the ideal fit, this is all you need.
- You should always have your feet examined by a podiatrist at least once a year to check blood flow and to make sure that there are no issues. If you have trouble trimming your nails properly, you can also turn to a podiatrist who will do it for you.
Caring for your feet when you are diabetic is extremely important. Proper diabetic foot care helps prevent infections that could lead to more serious health issues. The risk of infection is increased with diabetes since wounds take longer to heal. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in Mckinney and Prosper, TX, our skilled podiatrists can assist you with developing a daily diabetic foot care routine.
Checking for Foot Wounds
Proper diabetic foot care should include checking the feet every day for wounds or injuries. Discovering even the smallest wound right away gives you a chance to treat the injury promptly and prevent an infection from developing. When checking for foot wounds, be on the lookout for all of the following concerns:
- Ingrown toenails
Apply first aid measures immediately, such as cleaning and bandaging a cut or puncture. Treating the injury helps prevent infection. If you do discover a wound during a daily check, it is also a good idea to speak with a podiatrist as soon as possible to ensure you have taken the proper steps to address the injury.
Ways to Care for Diabetic Feet
In addition to checking the feet for wounds daily, there are several other steps you can take to care for your feet and keep them healthy. Scheduling regular foot exams with one of the experienced podiatrists is a great way to care for your feet. The podiatrist can check for pressure or circulation problems and other concerns so they can be addressed right away. Other steps you can take to care for your feet include:
- Keeping the feet clean, warm, and dry
- Avoid soaking the feet in water
- Moisturizing the feet daily
- Wearing comfortable shoes
- Wearing loose socks to bed
- Wearing warm socks and shoes when the weather is cold
- Trimming toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails
Another important aspect of caring for diabetic feet is improving circulation by moving around throughout the day, especially after sitting or standing for long periods. Stopping to stretch or take a walk are both effective methods for improving blood circulation to the feet. You should also avoid crossing the legs when sitting, which can interfere with circulation.
Proper foot care is absolutely essential when you have diabetes. Our podiatrists can help you develop a daily foot care routine, as well as examine your feet regularly for potential concerns. Our offices are open and we are treating patients in the office, as well as offering Telemedicine appointments. To schedule a foot checkup with a podiatrist, call Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in Mckinney and Prosper, TX, at (972) 542-2155.