When you have diabetes, there are numerous health issues that need to be addressed and treated due to abnormal blood glucose levels. Continued elevated levels of blood glucose levels can lead to damage in the nerves, kidneys, eyes, blood vessels, as well as suppressed immune responses. One common resulting condition is peripheral neuropathy, which causes loss of sensation in the feet. This is why it is extremely important to make a conscious effort to prevent potentially serious podiatric issues through these methods.
- Treat abnormal blood glucose levels with appropriate medication.
- See a podiatrist regularly for checkups and foot care.
- Wear properly-fitting shoes that have roomy toe boxes, plenty of support and cushioning to prevent corns, calluses, ulcers, and other conditions.
- If you have flatfoot or a bunion or other abnormalities leading to reduced foot function, consult with a podiatrist for treatment, such as using orthotics.
- Wash and inspect your feet daily to monitor new injuries or changes in skin condition.
- Maintain good circulation in your feet by doing exercises and elevating your feet when sitting.
- Since wound healing is slow in diabetic patients, it is important to seek treatment for conditions like ulcers, cuts, blisters, or any fungal infections.
- Cut nails straight across and keep them trimmed.
- Since oil and sweat production in the feet can decrease, keep feet moisturized and protected with socks. Avoid the area between the toes to prevent fungal infections.
- Protect your feet from extreme temperatures.
Having an experienced and skilled foot care specialist to monitor and treat your feet is an important part of managing your diabetes. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico at Syracuse Podiatry has been treating patients all over Central New York and has a special interest in helping those who have diabetes. Dr. D’Amico is board-certified, and treats all types of podiatric issues such as bunions, hammertoes, fungal nails, ulcers, foot deformities, heel pain and sports injuries. If you need help managing your diabetes or have any other concerns, please contact us or call our Fayetteville office at (315) 446-3668 to schedule an appointment today!