November is Diabetes Awareness Month. It is a condition that affects millions of Americans, and it can often have harmful consequences to your health, especially your feet! Now is the perfect time to go over everything you need to know about this awful condition and what you can do about it.
WHAT IS DIABETES?
Diabetes, or hyperglycemia, is high blood glucose. This chronic disease affects over 25 million Americans. Because diabetes makes it difficult for the body to normalize blood sugar levels, many problems can occur. Among the most common is the body having difficulty fending off infections. The decreased blood circulation can also make it difficult for the body to heal, causing a delay in wounds getting better.
Of course, your feet are just as susceptible to these problems. Fungal infections, ingrown or brittle toenails, corns, calluses, hammertoes, athlete’s foot, and cracked or dry skin are all common among people with diabetes.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Because of all the sensitive health problems associated with diabetes, proper foot care is vital. Here are some suggestions for people with diabetes to follow:
- Check feet daily to detect foot problems, changes, or injuries.
- Keep feet clean, warm, and dry.
- Wear comfortable shoes. Make sure they are wide enough to provide foot comfort.
- Always wear clean, dry socks.
- Do not go barefoot outdoors; always keep your feet protected.
- Never expose feet to heat or high water temperatures.
- Do not smoke.
- Avoid tight socks or bands that might cut off circulation.
- Carefully trim your toenails straight across.
- Use moisturizer to keep skin supple.
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 to 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.