Diabetics have high blood sugar levels that can damage blood vessels and nerves in the legs and feet. Such damage can make it hard to feel pressure, pain, and temperature in the feet. Therefore, diabetics may not know they have a cut or sore on their foot or feel the effects of shoes that are not fitting properly. Diabetes can cause the toes to become crooked or curved under and this can impact the way one walks, leading to more pressure on the foot. The increased pressure can reduce blood flow to the feet which increases the risk of foot ulcers. Diabetics need to practice regular foot care to prevent serious problems such as an infection, gangrene, or even amputation. Regular foot care involves checking the feet daily for wounds, corns, or calluses as well as changes in skin texture, color, or temperature. Wash the feet each day with warm, soapy water and dry them, followed by applying a moisturizer. Finish by trimming the toenails straight across and wear well-fitting shoes with clean, dry socks. If you are diabetic it is suggested to have a professional foot exam once a year or whenever you notice a change in your feet. A podiatrist can monitor your feet over time as well as care for any problems that may arise.
Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially 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, as 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 located in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.