By Parkway Podiatry
March 20, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Paying extra attention to your feet can help you avoid serious health complications if you have diabetes. Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher diabetic foot careRudowsky in Brooklyn, NY, explain why diabetic foot care is so important.

Diabetes increases your risk of foot and leg infections

High blood sugar levels not only raise your risk of kidney and heart disease but also make it harder to fight off infections. Slow healing, another potential complication of diabetes, means that even small cuts or injuries can lead to serious problems and may even increase the risk of a foot or leg amputation.

If your glucose level isn't carefully controlled, nerve damage can occur eventually. The damage tends to affect the nerves in your hands and feet, causing pain and tingling initially. Eventually, your feet may become numb, and you may not even realize that you have a blister or a cut on a toe until you develop a serious infection.

A daily foot check will help you stay healthy

Checking your feet daily can help you avoid infections. When you check your feet, look for:

  • Red Spots: Red spots are a warning sign and often appear before a blister does. If you see a red spot, switch to a different pair of shoes.
  • Blisters, Cuts and Open Sores: Blisters, a minor inconvenience before you had diabetes, should never be ignored. If you notice blisters, cuts or sores, call Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudowsky at their Brooklyn office to schedule an appointment. Prompt treatment of these skin issues can help you avoid an infection.
  • Calluses and Corns: Do you see any evidence of thickening skin on your toes or feet? Don't attempt to shave corns or calluses yourself. Doing so may increase the risk of infection.
  • Ingrown Toenails: Don't wait to see if your ingrown toenail gets better on its own. If you notice the edge of a nail growing into the skin, call the office and schedule an appointment.
  • Unusual Changes: Call the foot doctors if you experience tingling or numbness in your feet or you notice that a foot feels very warm or looks unusually red, pale or blue.

Protect your feet with regular visits to your foot doctor. Call Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudowsky in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 236-5253 to schedule an appointment.