Diabetes is a serious condition affecting over 25 million Americans. Besides other health problems, a diabetic may experience negative effects on their feet. If you’re suffering from this condition, it’s important to know the warning signs and what you can do to prevent any unnecessary discomfort or health issues.
FOOT PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH DIABETES
Diabetes is a condition that affects the entire body. More than 10,000 lower limbs are amputated annually due to complications from diabetes. Unfortunately, diabetes can cause numerous health problems with your feet, including:
- Wounds that do not heal properly
- Fungal infections
- Ingrown or brittle toenails
- Athlete’s foot
- Cracked and dry skin
- Bacterial infections
TIPS FOR FOOT CARE
The most important thing people with diabetes should do is have their feet checked at least once a year by an experienced podiatrist. This is vital to detect problems early on to prevent complications. In some cases, diabetes can even cause gangrene (dead tissue), so you mustn’t delay treatment. Luckily there are several things you can do to prevent your feet from getting worse:
- Check feet daily to detect foot problems.
- Keep feet clean, warm, and dry.
- Thoroughly dry between your toes.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Always wear clean, dry socks.
- Do not leave your feet exposed or unprotected.
- Avoid exposing your feet to high water temperatures.
- Avoid smoking.
- Use moisturizer to keep skin soft.
- Walk regularly to improve circulation.
- Control your blood glucose levels.
- Visit a podiatrist regularly.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s vital to contact an experienced professional right away. A podiatrist will be able to diagnose this condition and offer the treat the problem correctly.
For more tips and expert advice, call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Riane Teagarden, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.