Diabetic Foot Care
If you have diabetes, it comes with many things to consider on a daily basis. What have you eaten today? What is your blood sugar level? Have you been getting enough exercise?
All of these choices play a crucial role in your overall health now and moving into the future. Another such area that requires similar attention is your diabetic foot care. The good news is that this is something you can easily take charge of personally and have us on hand for extra care and protection.
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How Does Diabetes Affect the Feet?
The effects of diabetes can damage the feet in a number of different ways, many of which can be traced back to two consequences:
First, blood flow to the feet can be impeded due to narrowed or damaged arteries. As circulation to the feet slows, so does its reception of oxygen and nutrients in the blood. This can lead to injuries and wounds to the feet taking longer to heal, as the cells are not getting the repair tools they need as fast as they could.
Second, the nerves in the feet can become damaged due to diabetes and its side effect of reduced circulation. This can lead to tingling, pain, and other sensations, but can also lead to a lack of sensation whatsoever. Interference with the feet’s ability to sense the world around them can mean cuts and other problems on the feet may go unnoticed for some time.
An arguably greater danger lies in not realizing a problem has developed on the feet and letting it continue. Even a small cut on the foot can turn into a major ulcer if someone continues to walk on it and not give it care. And if the nerves are shot, they may not be able to feel it is happening.
That’s why taking care of your feet now is so important, before a problem like this can arise.
DIABETIC FOOT CARE: YOU AND US
As with most elements of diabetic care, the one who holds the biggest influence over your feet is you. It is vitally important to make sure you do what you can to keep your feet healthy and safe.
The most significant part of this is paying attention to your feet. This means taking a moment every day to perform a self-examination of your feet.
When you get out of the shower, are getting ready for bed, or any other point in the day that’s consistent and convenient for you, check your feet. Look and/or feel along your feet for anything that shouldn’t be there, such as cuts, scrapes, blisters, ingrown nails, discolorations—you get the picture. A mirror can be helpful if you have trouble reaching your feet, as can the assistance of a loved one.
If you find anything, contact us. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t “look terrible” at the moment: we want a record of it, and we’re trying to prevent things from getting bad in the first place. We may ask you to keep an eye on things for a few days, or come in as soon as available for an examination.
Taking care of problems early will save a great deal of potential trouble in the future. We can also aid you with preventative measures, including regular professional checkups, diabetic footwear, and advice on ways you can strengthen and safeguard your feet for the future.
The Best Care Starts Right Now
You might feel like your feet are in perfect health right now, and able to sense everything they come in contact with. That is the best time to begin your self-exams and checkups!
Diabetes has a way of creeping in and making things go downhill slowly, so the more familiar you are with your feet now, the better you can sense when something is going wrong over time. We’ll also have a long history of your foot health to help us make the best recommendations for your comfort.