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A foot ulcer is potentially a life-changing occurrence for someone who has diabetes. Because nerve damage caused by diabetes reduces or eliminates all sense of feeling in the feet, even a relatively minor injury can go undetected and quickly morph into a diabetic foot ulcer that needs aggressive treatment to avoid spreading and the possible need for amputation.
Taking good care of your feet is the best way to avoid a foot ulcer and also avoid the possible amputation of one of your toes, or even an entire foot in some cases.
2 essentials to prevent diabetic foot ulcers include the following:
- Proper shoes with inserts and stabilizers—Wearing shoes that are too tight is one of the most common risk factors for diabetic foot problems. Your shoes should be comfortable yet supportive, so you don’t want them to be too loose either. Excessive rubbing can cause skin damage and blistering, so always choose shoes with a wide toe box. Special shoes for diabetic patients have extra room for shoe inserts and ankle braces, as well as the proper cushioning and heel depth.
- Regular foot inspections—Peripheral nerve damage caused by diabetes can make it difficult to know when you have hurt yourself. By making a habit out of daily foot inspections you look for cuts, blisters, scrapes or other skin conditions like warts and moles. If you have cracked heels or heel fissures, these need to be treated to avoid bacterial and fungal infections. Check the bottom of your feet carefully, as well as between the toes. Use a mirror if you have trouble seeing the bottom of your feet.
For more expert advice on foot ulcer prevention and treatment, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified foot doctor Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Properly taking care of your feet daily is an important first step if you’re a diabetic. “Currently in the world, 1 in 11 adults has diabetes, and 1 in 2 adults with diabetes is undiagnosed.” If diabetes is not managed, nerve damage can be one consequence if blood sugar levels become too high. Foot injuries can also lead to infections if not treated immediately. Feet should be inspected daily for foot ulcers, and visit your podiatrist often to check circulation in your feet.
Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, visit Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.
It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.
If you have any questions, please contact our office located in New Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.