Diabetic Foot Health Strategies
Diabetic foot care is central to maintaining healthy feet as a diabetic and there are several techniques and strategies that you can use as preventative medicine to keep your feet healthy. As a diabetic, amputation is a feared topic but by implementing a few of the strategies in this article, you can give yourself a great chance to avoid the feet problems associated with diabetes.
The first thing is to schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists. Get started now and begin taking good care of your feet today. You can schedule a consultation at either our Sun City podiatry office or Scottsdale podiatry office. Call 480-483-9000 today!
Check your feet everyday. If there is a problem, then you can find it quickly and see a podiatrist for treatment. Check every part of your feet from the bottoms to between the toes. Also, wash your feet everyday. This makes sure that if you do have any cuts, you will clean them and lower the risk of infection.
Don't Treat Foot Problems Yourself
If you do spot a problem, do not try to treat it yourself and seek out the help of a podiatrist. Sometimes treating a problem yourself can only make it worse as you may not know the exact way to treat the issue that you notice. It is of course better safe than sorry, especially as a diabetic and by having a podiatrist treat you, you will lower the risk of making the problem worse and getting an infection.
Wear shoes when you walk around. This will help prevent an cuts from walking around barefoot. Check inside your shoes before wearing the. Also, make sure to trim your toenails. Sometimes my patients with long toenails cut themselves. It is best to trim your toenails so that you do not accidentally cut yourself with long toenails.
Next, keep the blood flowing to your feet and be more active. Wiggle your feet, put them up when sitting, and move your ankles up and down for five minutes two to three times a day. Figure out and implement an exercise or physical activity program. This will keep the blood flow active in your feet.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
At the American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we take special care of our diabetic patients because we know that a little treatment will go a long way toward maintaining foot health. Call 480-483-9000 and schedule your consultation today!