Did you know that diabetic foot ulcers are the number one cause for nontraumatic lower extremity amputations and that foot complications are the leading cause for hospitalizations among diabetics? These are key reasons why prevention is an emphasized and vital aspect of the management and care of diabetes.
Since people with diabetes often have compromised immune systems that result in slow healing, minimizing the chances of developing ulcers in the first place is extremely important.
- See a podiatrist regularly
- Ensure a proper fit for shoes
- Keep feet clean and dry and moisturize dry areas
- Inspect your feet and nails on a regular basis
- Consider custom orthotics or prescription shoes
- Avoid extreme temperatures
- Keep toenails trimmed straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
- Manage your diabetes through lifestyle changes and management, such as regular exercise, a healthy balanced diet, and quitting smoking
- Consult with a podiatrist for any changes in skin, texture, temperature, and color
Regular and diligent exercise of these footcare guidelines can help those with diabetes maintain healthy feet and avoid complications related to ulcers. Having regular visits with a podiatrist is an easy and effective way to keep informed about the ways to improve and protect your foot health.
At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified foot care specialists Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen work tirelessly to ensure the best treatment and technologies to address all of your foot and ankle needs. Whether you need a prescription shoe, custom orthotic, have chronic heel pain, nail fungus or a sports injury, we make sure each patient gets compassionate, individualized care. Contact us to schedule an appointment at any of our convenient locations in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA today!