Treatment & Managing Diabetic Foot
People suffering from diabetes are at a high risk for nerve damage, infections and circulation issues. When these problems occur they directly affect the feet and lead to diabetic foot complications. An estimated 15% of diabetics will require an amputation of the foot or leg.
Diabetics are more prone to foot problems due to peripheral neuropathy, which is the development of painful nerve damage. Although neuropathy can have an impact on your entire body, diabetics are more prone to leg and feet complications. These problems cause the skin to dry out and crack, which could cause fungi and bacteria to enter the body.
It is very important for the disease to be properly managed. When it is not properly managed, diabetics can be affected by the loss of feeling and poor blood flow. This also allows for small blisters and wounds to progress into a very serious infection and could lead to amputation.
Diabetic Foot Care:
According to the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 84 million US adults have diabetes and, shockingly, 90% don’t realize they have it. Over a third of the 84 million are in the prediabetic stage. Over the last twenty years, adults diagnosed with diabetes have tripled as Americans have became more overweight.
Again, we urge the importance of proper diabetic foot care. Without proper care wounds, infection, ulcers, and gangrene may lead to serious health issues and possible amputation of the leg or foot. These severe complications can be avoided with proper treatment and footwear from your podiatrist.
It’s important to pay special attention to your feet by inspecting them daily. The proper inspection should include the following:
- Wash your feet thoroughly with soap and warm water
- Trim your toenails regularly and carefully
- Smooth out corns and calluses (However, be careful not to go too deep though)
- Examine the bottoms of your feet and toes
- Search for cuts, bruises, blisters, puncture wounds, redness, ulcers, and scratches
Diabetes is a very serious condition. It should be taken seriously and treated properly. Your podiatrist will play a very important role in your overall health from prevention and proper management.
If you suspect you have diabetes contact your healthcare immediately. If you are seeking an award-winning top podiatrist, consider calling us today at 888-409-8006. One of our specialists would be glad to help in your prevention or management of diabetic foot.
If you have or expect you have diabetes and are experiencing blisters, ingrown toenails, red spots, skin abrasions, sores, calluses, dry cracks, fungal toenails, swelling of the foot or ankle, numbness in the feet or toes, bleeding, painful legs, or pain associated with shoes, contact our office immediately to make an appointment today.