The Importance Of Diabetic Foot Care

With the help of a podiatrist , diabetics can rest assured that they are in good hands. Foot problems are a major risk for those with diabetes. Because of this, diabetics must be monitored continuously to prevent or identify potential foot issues. With a comprehensive evaluation from a podiatrist, this is simple.

Understanding Diabetic Foot Care

With a diabetic foot, a wound the size of a blister can become a bigger problem. Diabetics commonly have reduced blood flow making injuries much slower to heal. When a wound doesn’t heal properly, it can lead to infection. Those with neuropathy issues where their foot becomes numb or loses sensations are at a greater risk for foot problems. This is because they are at an increased risk of wounds or infections. Any unattended cuts can become infected.

Another consequence of this neuropathy is known as Charcot Arthropathy. This is a condition when neuropathy allows fractures to develop in the middle foot leading to severe deformity in patients. It is for these reasons that an examination and regular check-ups with your podiatrist are necessary.

Diabetic Foot Care Tips

Podiatrists suggest keeping your feet away from heat, which can promote moisture. Never soak the feet either and keep them as dry as possible. Avoid using any adhesive products on your feet as this can increase the risk of tearing, leading to an open wound (and increased risk of infection). Take great care to trim toenails regularly. If you find an ingrown nail, contact your podiatrist immediately.

A podiatrist can offer countless diabetic foot care tips that will help prevent the incidence of foot problems from occurring. Schedule a comprehensive foot exam with a podiatrist as soon as possible!

Dr. Marc Fink

P.S. Diabetics should constantly be monitoring their blood sugar, know their Hemoglobin A1c and get a routine eye exam at least once per year.

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