DIABETIC FOOT CARE
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.
Did you know that Diabetics are more prone to various foot problems than those without diabetes due to the peripheral neuropathy? Patients with neuropathy developed nerve damage and this can lead to the loss of feeling in your feet, making it difficult to detect pain and temperatures changes, as compared to someone who does not have diabetes. As a result, a diabetic could sustain a serious cut or wound and without notice and this could lead to serious infections and even possibilities of amputations. Many diabetic foot problems can be prevented in some measure by improving blood sugar levels, strengthening your immune system, avoid smoking and examine your feet daily.
Daily Feet Exam is the most effective and least expensive measure to prevent any foot complications. For diabetic patient the daily recommendations are to wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap. After washing, make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, especially in-between the toes. Also apply non-irritating moisturizer to prevent cracks to the skin. In addition, it is also important to keep your toenails trimmed neatly and never attempt to cut your own callous or corns as it can lead to infections if done improperly. Annual examinations by your podiatrist can detect any signs of changes to your feet with can be detrimental to your health. 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.
Christine Nguyen, DPM