Have healthy feet and prevent complications. Those are the goals of diabetic foot care at home and with the help of your podiatrist, Dr. Zahid Ladha. He and his team at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN, watch over their diabetic patients and ask they be extra-attentive to their feet.
The importance of vigilance
People who struggle with diabetes know that the nerves and circulation in their feet and hands don't function well. Compound the problem with elevated blood sugars, and you have the recipe for infection and slow-to-heal wounds.
So, your podiatrist wants his New Albany, IN, patients well-informed on foot care. Of course, he'll see you in the office twice a year--or more often as necessary--to inspect your skin, nails, mobility, circulation and sensation.
But beyond that, you must take charge of your daily foot regimen at home, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A little preventive care on your part will go a long way in keeping you mobile, healthy and happy.
Taking care of those feet
Really, it's just common sense. Your podiatrist recommends you:
- Visually inspect your feet every day, looking for areas of redness, friction and swelling.
- Wash your feet every day with warm water and a mild soap.
- Dry your teeth thoroughly and apply moisturizer.
- Cut your nails carefully--straight across--to avoid ingrown toenails and infection.
- Wear quality shoes with roomy toe boxes.
- Change your socks daily.
- Elevate your feet when you sit for long periods of time
- Get daily exercise.
- Avoid going barefoot, even indoors.
- See your foot doctor right away if you have a sore which does not heal, feel unusual pain or tingling in your feet or perceive a change in skin temperature or color.
- Keep a healthy weight.
- Manage your blood sugars and blood pressure.
- Never remove corns or calluses at home.
If you have diabetes...
It does not have to control you. Manage it and perform the foot care you need. For more tips proper ways to have your best podiatric health, call Dr. Zahid Ladha and his dedicated team at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany: (812) 945-9221.