Since November is American Diabetes Month, we are taking this opportunity to share useful information and tips about diabetes and provide chances to learn more about this condition that affects more than tens of millions of people in the U.S.
Abnormal blood glucose levels caused by diabetes can cascade into many types of complications throughout the body. A common area that is afflicted by diabetes are the feet, which can suffer from ulcers, neuropathy (nerve damage), infections, and changes in the skin or nails. For those who have nerve damage and cannot feel their extremities, having injuries or sores go unnoticed can cause dire consequences, especially since people with diabetes often heal slowly from a lowered immune response. In order to prevent as many foot complications as possible, the following tips should be followed:
- Manage your blood glucose levels to be within a targeted range
- See a podiatrist regularly for checkups to monitor foot health
- Inspect your feet everyday for new cuts, blisters, or changes in the color or texture of skin
- Clean and dry your feet each day
- Invest in a good pair of shoes that are not only comfortable but give proper cushioning and support
- Wear custom orthotics to address any concerns with foot mechanics
- Avoid placing your feet in extreme temperatures
- Incorporate exercise into your daily routine to increase blood circulation
- Keep toenails cut short and straight across
- Protect your feet with socks or shoes to avoid injuries
If you have specific questions or concerns regarding diabetic foot care, it is important to consult with an experienced foot care specialist who can help you both prevent and treat issues. At Your Next Step, located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA, you have access to a team of board-certified podiatrists Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen who have treated many patients with diabetic issues. With state of the art technologies and a dedicated staff, Your Next Step is the place to address your foot and ankle needs, whether it’s to create a custom orthotic or to treat heel pain, sports injuries, arthritis and toe deformities. Contact us today to schedule an appointment today!