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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.
If you have diabetes, even small cuts or broken blisters can quickly become infected, putting your health at risk. Daily home foot exams and visits to your Reading, MA, podiatrists at New England Foot & Ankle Specialists can help you protect your feet.
What to look for during your self-exam
Daily foot examinations are a must for everyone with diabetes but are particularly important if your feet are numb due to nerve damage caused by diabetic neuropathy. Although you may not be able to feel sores, wounds, and other foot conditions, they can still cause serious health problems.
Whether you examine your feet in the morning or evening, it's important to look for these things:
- Blisters and Red Spots: Red spots and blisters are warning signs that shouldn't be ignored. If you don't take action, blisters can burst and red spots can become blisters or sores. Protect blisters with bandages, and switch to a different pair of shoes if you notice red spots or blisters.
- Broken Blisters, Cuts, and Open Sores: Sores, cuts, and broken blisters are more likely to become infected if you have diabetes. The disease interferes with your body's ability to heal itself and can slow healing. Give your Reading foot doctor a call if you notice sores or broken blisters on your feet, even if they seem minor.
- Ingrown Toenails: Infections are also more likely to occur if you have ingrown toenails. Don't attempt to free trapped nails yourself at home if you have diabetes. Cut your toenails straight across to reduce your risk of ingrown nails.
- Toenail Fungus: Toenail fungus occurs more often in people who have diabetes. Fungal infections aren't just unsightly but can jeopardize your health if they're severe. Your podiatrist can offer treatments that will keep fungus under control.
- Numbness, Tingling, and Skin Color Changes: Call the podiatrist right away if you experience numbness or tingling in your feet or you notice other changes in sensation or color. Signs to look for include hot spots on your feet, red streaks, or red, blue, white, or black skin.
Let your podiatrist know right away if you notice any changes in your feet. Prompt treatment of foot conditions will help you protect your feet and your health.
Are you concerned about a diabetic foot issue? Call your podiatrists in Reading, MA, at New England Foot and Ankle Specialist at (781) 944-4044 to schedule an appointment.
According to a study being tested at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center, maggots may be used to treat chronic diabetic ulcers. While maggot therapy has been an ancient practice, it is going through clinical trials to see if the feasting of dying tissue and germs in wounds can have positive effects. The study is set into involve 128 Veterans with diabetic ulcers where the maggots or larvae will be produced and sterilized in an “eight step-step control” routine. Although the term “maggot” does have negative connotations, they have been proven to clean out wounds nicely under the right control.
Although the use of maggots to treat diabetic feet may seem kind of extreme, general diabetic foot care is extremely important. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of New England Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will diagnose and treat your foot and ankle needs.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.
It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.