By Dr. Saphire
December 02, 2014
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Diabetes   Foot Care  
Foot ImageAccording to the CDC, over 29 million people have diabetes. Sadly a little over 8 million people with diabetes don’t even know that they have it. This blood glucose disorder can cause problems in the nerves, kidneys, eyes and feet, if left untreated. Plus it can put you at a higher risk for joint disorders and heart disease. Your Brooklyn podiatrist is here to tell you about the ways you can protect your feet from diabetic complications.
 

Manage Your Condition

 
The number one way to prevent foot problems and other diabetic-related complications is to treat the condition. This means working with your health care provider to keep your blood glucose levels in check. Talk to your doctor about proper exercise regimes that will help keep you fit and healthy but will also be safe.
 

Examine Your Feet Daily

 
You should be checking your feet every day for signs of any changes or problems. If you are unable to check the bottoms of your feet, have a family member do it or use a mirror. Look for new wounds, corns, calluses, swelling or blisters. If you notice any changes, call your Brooklyn foot doctor right away.
 

Pamper Your Feet

 
You should be washing your feet in warm water every day and then drying them thoroughly (even better the toes, where fungus and other infections can lurk). Try to avoid hot water as some patients with diabetes have problems feeling certain temperatures. Also, whenever necessary, trim your toenail. Always cut your nails straight across rather than at an angle. Remember: Toenails should always be level with the tops of your toes.
 

Always wear socks and shoes

 
It’s important that you wear socks and shoes even when indoors. Walking barefoot can leave you susceptible to injuries, trauma or infection. Always opt for well-fitted and comfortable shoes that will stretch and give as you walk. Compression stockings can also help promote better circulation in the feet and ankles.
 
If you’re experiencing any foot problems and you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, call us so we can treat your issue right away. The sooner you seek treatment the better the outcome!