TREATMENTS: Diabetic Foot Care
TREATMENTS FOR YOUR FEET, ANKLES & LOWER LEGS
Many of our patients suffer from similar foot and ankle conditions; however, we treat each case uniquely. By understanding not only your podiatric disease, deformity, or other medical condition, but also your specific lifestyle needs, we can better create a course of treatment or recommend footwear that will help relieve your issues.
The complexity of the workings of your feet and ankles makes this a part of your body that may need significant attention, so we don’t rush you through treatment. At our office, we take the time to provide you with comprehensive foot care education and give you the treatment that you need and deserve.
DIABETIC FOOT CARE
What is Diabetes and Diabetic Foot Care?
Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to properly use and store glucose (a form of sugar). Glucose backs up in the bloodstream — causing one’s blood glucose (sometimes referred to as blood sugar) to rise too high.
Diabetics may have complications with their feet. In particular if diabetes has caused you to lose feeling in your feet you may not feel a cut or blister that can lead to a sore. Diabetic foot ulcers can be alarming for diabetics, they are wounds that can become severe over time. A minor scrape, sore on the foot, or skin break, will become infected and the person can develop a painful sore. Foot ulcers and amputations are a major cause of emotional and physical pain for people with diabetes. Early recognition and management of risk factors for ulcers and amputations can prevent or delay the onset of problematic outcomes.
Taking care of your feet every day, you can lower your chances of losing a toe, foot, or leg. Managing your blood sugar can also help keep your feet healthy.
Diabetic Foot Care Fort Myers
Risk identification is fundamental for effective preventive management of the foot in people with diabetes. It is important as a diabetic to have expert team members around you to help you with the various challenges and treatment requirements. A certified podiatrist like our foot specialist here at the Fort Myers foot doctors should be an integral part of your treatment team. Again, early recognition is a key component in amputation prevention.
If you have any of these warning signs of potential upcoming foot problems, you should contact us immediately:
- Bleeding of your calluses or corns
- Swelling of your foot or ankle
- Ingrown toenails
- Elevation in skin temperature
- Pain in the legs
- Foot fungus
- Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal
- Skin color changes
- Dry cracks around the heel
- Also, remember to call us right away if a cut, blister, or bruise on your foot does not begin to heal after a few days.
- Caring for Your Feet
- You must be diligent to keep your feet healthy. You should take the necessary steps to avoid issues:
- Control your blood sugar – work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar level in the desired range
- Quit smoking – Tobacco can contribute to circulatory problems
- Inspect feet and toes daily – check for redness, skin breaks/cuts
- Don’t drink in excess – Alcohol can contribute to nerve damage
- Don’t wear anything too tight around your legs – Thigh-high boots or pantyhose, girdles or even tight dress socks can cause problems for diabetics.
- Wash your feet daily – Use warm water, not hot, and don’t soak — it can dry out your skin and lead to cracking.
- Trim your toenails. If you can’t reach your feet, or have tough or ingrown nails, let the podiatrist do the trimming
- Use sensible, properly fitted shoes – Poorly fitted shoes can cause big problems for diabetics that can potentially lead to amputation
- Never go barefoot – Being barefoot can be dangerous as feet are susceptible to cuts, infection, etc.
- Exercise to keep weight down – People with diabetes are commonly overweight, which nearly doubles the risk of complications
- Get a podiatrist
Anyone with diabetes should receive an annual foot examination to identify high-risk foot conditions. The examination should include assessment of foot structure and biomechanics, vascular status and skin integrity.
Before you have issues with your feet, contact a foot specialist, like Dr. Joseph Campbell and Dr. Bradley Habuda who are experienced with diabetes. So if you’re looking for the best diabetic foot care in Fort Myers, contact us today.
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