Posts for tag: diabetic foot care

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.

Diabetic Foot Care Tips - Parkway Podiatry

Around half of the 28 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes will develop peripheral neuropathy or the loss of feeling in the extremities. However, this loss of sensation does not directly cause the development of wounds or sores in the feet. But because we remain unaware of wounds or skin breakages, it can become infected and develop into more serious medical complications.

Diabetes and your Feet

Losing sensation in your feet could develop over time with diabetes. When this happens we are unable to identify if we have been cut by a sharp stone or if a blister has developed. Diabetes can also negatively affect blood flow to the feet. It denies the feet of vital nutrients and antibodies to fight infection.

Proper foot care for diabetics only sets you back a few minutes. But it is a must especially for diabetics who experience:

Physical changes in the feet (shape, color)

Wounds, blisters and skin breakages that don’t heal

Tingling or numbness

The doctors at Parkway Podiatry specialize in diabetic foot care. Consult with a doctor if a wound or blister does not heal after a few days.

Foot Care Tips

Visibly inspect your feet

Check for cuts, wounds or blisters that might have developed over the day. This should be done every time you reach home and remove your shoes. Use a mirror or call the help of a family member to assist you if you are unable to fully inspect your feet.

Use lotions or moisturizes to keep your feet soft

Rubbing on a hard surface such as your socks can cause blisters. Prevent this by applying a moisturizer or lotion. Avoid placing lotion between your toes, this can be an ideal breeding ground for infection.

Trim your nails regularly

This should be done if you are able to see your toes and nails completely. This prevents you from accidentally cutting into the skin and creating a wound.  

Protect your feet by wearing shoes and socks

Wearing shoes and socks prevents direct contact with the ground which may contain small rocks or sharp edges which can cause wounds.

Check for corns and calluses

Never cut corns and calluses. Check with your podiatrists for safe methods to remove excessive skin on your feet.

Proper foot care is essential for diabetics. The loss of sensation in our feet denies us vital feedback mechanism on our feet’s current condition. It takes only a split second for a cut to develop and get infected. At Parkway Podiatry  located in Brooklyn, NY, we specialize in helping people foot problems related to diabetes.  To schedule an appointment call 718-236-5253.

By Parkway Podiatry
June 10, 2014
diabetic foot care brooklynSummertime brings flip-flops, pool time and more. While these are the signs of enjoyable warm weather, they can also be concerning if you have diabetes. Higher temperatures and opportunities to walk barefoot increase the chances you can injure your feet or experience cracking, swelling and discomfort.
 
Because you are living with diabetes, you likely know the condition puts you at greater risk for nerve damage to your feet. This affects your foot sensations, meaning you may experience a scrape or cut without realizing you had it. Because diabetes affects your body’s wound healing time, having a cut that’s unknown to you can easily turn into a more serious wound if left untreated.
 
To ensure your feet have a problem-free summer, here are some warm weather-specific tips from our podiatrist for proper diabetic foot care in Brooklyn:
 
Always wear shoes. If you’re planning a beach vacation, it can be tempting to leave the flip-flops behind in favor of sand beneath your toes. This can be a troublesome habit, however, because it increases your risk for cuts from seashells, beach glass or other unknown beach items. Close-toed beach shoes that have breathable mesh and a protective sole are available that protect your feet from injury while also allowing you to walk comfortably.
 
Give Your Feet a Once-Over Twice Daily. When you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet at least as often as you should brush your teeth: at least twice per day. Pay special attention to the areas between your toes and underneath your feet. You may even want to get a mirror to place on the ground and put your foot a few inches away to identify hard-to-see areas. In addition to checking out your feet, you’ll also want to check out your shoes. Debris, such as dirt and rocks, can easily accumulate in your shoes and cause injuries. Give them a good shake before wearing to protect yourself.
 
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen. You can just as easily burn your foot skin as you can anywhere else, yet many people forget to apply sunscreen to this important area. When you are applying sunscreen to your arms, legs and face, don’t forget to apply it on the tops and bottoms of your feet before putting on your outdoor shoes.
 
Don’t feel the burn. Remember the beach isn’t the only place you can burn or injure your feet. Campfires, cookouts and even ultra-hot pavement are all areas where you can unexpectedly injure your feet in the summer. The same rules apply when it comes to wearing shoes and taking every precaution to protect your feet.
 
Finally, remember that it’s important to see a podiatrist regularly to inspect your feet and ensure you have not experienced an injury that could easily affect your overall health. Coming to our Brooklyn office to have your toenails cut can help to prevent ingrown toenails and injury. If you notice other foot conditions, such as blisters or scrapes, seeing us as quickly as possible can help to prevent your injuries from worsening. We are available to help our patients in Brooklyn with diabetic foot care to ensure everyone experiences a fun-filled summer.