By John Erotas
May 20, 2014
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Foot care as a diabetic is crucial to one’s health. Our goal as a Scottsdale foot doctor is to prevent the foot conditions that are provoked by diabetes.
The issue is is that diabetes can reduce the amount of blood flow to your feet and as such, deprive your feet of the much needed nutrients and oxygen. This makes it more difficult for any type of sores on your feet to heel. Also, diabetic nerve damage, called peripheral neuropathy, can cause numbness in your feet so that you don’t even feel the pain from the cut or blister.
Not having the proper nutrients to heal the cut as well as not even feeling the cut due to numbness leads one to not being able to properly treat the sore on their foot and in turn, the cut can become infected and possibly lead to an amputation. It is not uncommon for a diabetic to need an amputation because a sore is infected.
As a Scottsdale podiatrist, we work with our diabetic patients to make sure that all sores are treated with the utmost care. As a diabetic, this is why it is necessary to have frequent check ups with a foot doctor because a foot doctor can spot sores early and give you the proper treatment so that your feet stay healthy.
Diabetes is largely about eating right and catching signs of illness early so that they do not develop further. This is what we want to do as your foot doctor. There are a few things that you can do to help in the prevention of infections on your feet.
1. Check both feet daily
Make sure you are checking your feet each day for cuts or sores. If you see one, see your foot doctor immediately. Do not try to treat the cut or sore on your own.
2. Make sure your shoes fit well.
Uncomfortable and ill-proper fitting shoes can lead to sores or worsen the sores that you already have. If you are having a problem with your feet, SPEAK UP and see a doctor.
The Scottsdale foot doctors at American Foot and Ankle Specialists have extensive experience in diabetic foot care. Please call today at 480-483-9000 for a check up. Prevention is the key to proper health.
By John Erotas