Podiatry Care For Diabetics
As a diabetic, it is vital to receive the proper information on how to care for your feet everyday. As a podiatrist, I help patients with diabetes maintain healthy feet and avoid serious complications such as infections and amputations. With the right guidance and treatment, the possibility of avoiding complications greatly increases.
The first step is to regularly see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists. Regular check-ups is important because during your visit, one of our podiatrists will be able to detect any foot problems and treat it right away. This reduces the risks of letting a cut or sore develop into an infection.
Seeing a podiatrist regularly also means you will receive advice on how to protect your feet as a diabetic. For example, one thing you want to do is avoid going barefoot. This reduces the risks of bumping or cutting your feet.
Check Your Feet
To protect your feet, inspect them everyday. Some diabetics develop diabetic neuropathy, which causes their feet and toes to experience a numbing sensation. If this occurs, you may not notice any cuts and not treating one can lead to an infection. Inspecting your feet means that if there is something to be found, you will not only find it but see us to treat it. It is important not to treat the problem yourself in order to avoid the problem from becoming worse and always go to see a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists to treat the foot problem.
Also, another great piece of advice is to wash your feet everyday with warm water. If you do have any cuts, washing your feet will wash away any bacteria that may cause an infection. Maintaining healthy feet is very much a preventative measure where you want to systematically instill actions that ensure your feet are protected. Washing your feet, wearing shoes, checking your feet, and seeing one of our podiatrist regularly for check-ups are all preventative measures to keep your feet healthy.
Lastly, invest in proper footwear and socks. This may require a little more attention to detail than you are used to. We will also help you understand what types of shoes are good for you during your visit. You’ll want depth in your toe box, coverage of both the top and bottom of your feet and no seams inside your shoe that can rub against your feet.
We guarantee that if you come in regularly for check ups and listen to the advice we offer, you will likely be able to maintain the health of your feet and avoid foot complications.
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By John Erotas