If you’re diabetic, you may know of the many dangers to your limbs. Your feet are no exception. Make sure you understand how to care for your feet BEFORE the dangers become a reality.
Diabetes is a common chronic medical condition that impacts millions of people every year. Diabetic patients can experience foot-related problems that if left untreated can lead to amputation or other complications. At Advanced Foot Care Nurse, our experienced podiatrist can address your concerns, so you can enjoy healthy feet and a better life.
If I have diabetes, what steps should I take to care for my feet?
There are many different steps you can take to ensure your feet stay as healthy as possible. Patients with diabetes will need to take specific steps in order to maintain their foot health. Being proactive about your diabetes treatment is the first step and maintaining an active lifestyle is important to maintaining healthy circulation. You can wear special shoes or compression hosiery that will also benefit your foot health. Good hygiene, including daily washing, trimming back nails, and moisturizing dry skin are all important to maintaining healthy feet. You should also avoid being barefoot and protect your feet from extreme temperatures. You can help maintain blood flow by elevating your feet when sitting and rotating your ankles if you are stuck at your work desk. If you are a diabetic, having a certified podiatrist as part of your treatment team can ensure you receive the best information and support possible to maintain the health of your extremities. The foot nurse specialist at Advanced Foot Care Nurse can provide you with the information necessary for you to create a useful home care routine to maintain your continued foot health.
What are the most common diabetic foot issues?
A wide range of foot conditions can happen to anyone, but patients who have diabetes are at a much higher risk of developing foot problems. Because of circulation issues, some of these problems can be much more serious for people with diabetes and can lead to amputation if not cared for appropriately by a doctor. Some of the most common diabetic foot conditions include fungal infections, calluses, corns, bunions, blisters, foot ulcers, hammertoes, plantar warts, neuropathy, and ingrown toenails. At Advanced Foot Care Nurse, our Foot Nurses have experience treating a wide range of foot conditions in patients with and without diabetes. We understand the unique needs of patients with diabetic foot conditions and can provide exceptional treatment options that will improve your life by addressing the discomfort in your feet.
How often should I see a doctor for my feet if I have diabetes?
It is important for you to see a doctor regularly in order to care for your feet. Patients who have diabetes should see a podiatrist at least once per year. If you have had diabetic foot problems in the past, you may need to see a foot doctor more often than that. You should also call your doctor if you notice any changes in your feet. Breaks or cuts in the skin, ingrown toenails, changes in shape or color, and increases in sensitivity are all reasons you see a doctor. If you have developed calluses or corns on your feet, your doctor can trim them for you, helping to make you more comfortable on a daily basis. At Advanced Footcare, we understand the importance of providing foot care for diabetics and have the experience you want in a podiatrist and can offer the insight and support you need to keep your feet healthy.
If you are struggling with diabetic foot pain or other conditions, contact US!