Diabetes and Foot Care

Facebook is plastered with home remedies and advice from quacks regarding Diabetic Foot Care. Many people are very naïve regarding medical advice and believe that all information on a public forum is accurate. We at Syracuse Podiatry, located in Fayetteville, NY, are fortunate to have a board certified podiatrist, Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, who has a special interest in Diabetic Foot Care and is committed to providing excellent medical guidance.

So, let us understand what Diabetic Foot Care is all about by comprehending the problems caused by Diabetes. Hyperglycemia or Diabetes as it’s commonly referred to, occurs when the levels of sugar are very high in the human body. Over a period of time as the levels remain elevated, complications set in, which include damage to the nerves, kidneys, eyes and feet.

The feet bear the weight of the body and are instrumental in making a person mobile. If a diabetic is not careful, the feet become vulnerable to ulcers, which become worse if left untreated, eventually leading to a multitude of foot problems such as fungal infections, athlete’s foot and gangrene with the worst case scenario being amputation.

Tips for Diabetic Foot Care:

  • examine your feet regularly for sores, cracks, tenderness or swelling
  • keep your feet clean by daily washing, and always pat dry between the toes
  • wear cotton socks and do not leave feet exposed; never walk around barefoot
  • trim toenails carefully to avoid ingrown toenails
  • avoid exposing your feet to extreme temperatures
  • buy comfortable footwear
  • good foot circulation is crucial; avoid smoking and tight socks or stockings
  • do not shave corns or calluses yourself, see a podiatrist
  • avoid any solutions which may cause skin damage leading to wounds

A little care goes a long way! It is essential that diabetics schedule regular visits to a podiatrist to receive prompt and thorough treatment. As a specialist in Diabetic Foot Care, Dr. D’Amico will help you maintain your feet and ensure proper treatment for any developing complication. Browse through our website for further information and contact Syracuse Podiatry

at (315) 446-3668 to make an appointment.

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