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How to Prevent Diabetic Foot Problems

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 00:00

Diabetes frequently constricts blood flow to the extremities, which can develop into peripheral neuropathy. Your feet may become numb, resulting in a slowing of the healing process. Even a tiny unhealed, or undetected, sore on the sole of the foot may become ulcerated and require medical attention. Proper foot care is imperative for diabetics and is a good way to ward off foot ulcers, swelling, pain and infection. For starters, make an appointment to see a podiatrist regularly to monitor the health of your feet. In addition, begin a regular regime of washing, drying, moisturizing, and exercising your feet. Check, or have someone else check, your feet daily for any sores and bruises, swelling and pain, corns or calluses, and changes in color. It is recommended that diabetics cease smoking, which adds to the constriction of blood vessels and furthers neuropathy. Keep toenails trimmed properly to avoid ingrown toenails and infections. Wear shoes that protect your feet from heat or cold. These measures, along with regulating blood sugar levels and eating a healthy diet, can help protect you from the dangers of foot ulcers. If you have questions about diabetic foot care, please make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Robert Graser from Graser Podiatry and Bunion Surgery Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Boerne, Hondo, and Devine, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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