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Diabetes and Foot Problems

Tuesday, 21 November 2023 00:00

Living with diabetes involves unique challenges, particularly in foot care. Reduced blood supply and nerve function increase the risk of foot damage, including peripheral neuropathy and structural issues such as clawed toes. Regular annual podiatrist checkups play an essential role in monitoring diabetic foot health, assessing blood supply, nerve function, and detecting structural changes early on. Daily self-examinations for cuts, blisters, and structural changes are important, and it may help to use a mirror to see the bottom of your foot. Simple measures, such as moisturizing the feet and wearing appropriate footwear are effective in preventing more severe complications. Balanced blood glucose levels, using gloves with household cleaners, and cautious bathing habits contribute to skin health. Post bathing care, including applying unscented creams and soaps, helps to lock in moisture. Prompt medical attention for skin problems, such as wounds that will not heal, ensures timely intervention and management from a podiatrist. For preventing diabetic complications and promoting overall foot health, it is suggested that you schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist who is trained to manage the complications of diabetes.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Deborah Holte, DPM from Northeast Missouri Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially 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, as 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 feel free to contact our office located in Kirksville, MO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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