Diabetic Foot Treatment
Diabetes is a disease that is dangerous for the feet. Luckily, preventative medicine can help you avoid many of the pitfalls as a diabetic. This is where practicing tips and strategies to avoid the disasters that can spring forth from the diabetic condition, such as amputation, is necessary.
The first thing you want to do is of course change your diet. This means only healthy food! Even as a podiatrist, I want you to cure the cause of all your foot risks, which is, in this case, diabetes.
Now, to protect your feet, there are a handful of things that you can do which work and I see them work over and over again for my patients.
Strategies To Keep Your Feet Healthy
Firstly, keep your feet comfortable. By wearing comfortable shoes that are great for walking and custom orthotics, the foot is in a much healthier environment. Walking will cause less pain and the chances of injuring yourself significantly decrease.
Next, check your own feet everyday. By looking at your feet thoroughly each day, you will be able to find any problems while they are at the beginning stages. Then you can see us immediately for any necessary treatment.
Next, wash your feet everyday. This will clean the bacteria off of your feet and if you do happen to have a cut, it can prevent infection.
Also, make sure to see a podiatrist regularly about once every two months. At American Foot and Ankle Specialists, we’ll detect any problems, immediately treating them before they turn into a worse condition. Infection is the main cause of amputation. By seeing a podiatrist, you are greatly reducing the chances that you get an infection.
Next, if you do spot a problem, make an appointment with us, even for the littlest thing. Trying to treat an injury by yourself could both make it worse and not heal the problem, making you have this injury for weeks when it could have been treated right away. As soon as you see something, call 480-483-9000 and schedule a consultation!
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Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas have helped patients in Phoenix for over 25 years. As a diabetic, a foot care plan is the difference between health and disability. Call 480-483-9000 now and schedule your consultation!
By John Erotas