Diabetes is a cause for concern for anyone, especially when it comes to foot and ankle issues. The abnormal blood sugar levels can lead to nerve damage, making it difficult to have sensation in the extremities. Since any small cuts on a diabetic’s foot could therefore result in infections, proper prevention and immediate treatment is highly necessary. In addition, diabetics have diminished circulation to the feet, which makes healing of open wounds slow, which can result in foot ulcers. Infections of foot ulcers, if not properly treated, can enter the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body, and in the worst case scenario, amputation may become necessary.
One of the best ways to avoid these potentially damaging results is to be diligent about foot care. The following tips are especially important for those with diabetes:
● Cut your toenails straight across rather than in a curved manner to avoid ingrown toenails.
● Wear properly-fitted shoes that do not cause irritation of the skin on your foot. Padding can be helpful in this regard.
● Check your feet daily to ensure there are no wounds or ulcers.
● Avoid getting hot or freezing water on your feet as the lack of sensation may not allow you to realize your skin is being damaged.
● Check your blood sugar levels regularly to manage your diabetes.
● Regular medical checkups are important for discovering potential complications that you may not be aware of.
Here at Cange Podiatry Inc., our podiatrist, Dr. Darlyne Cange, has many years of experience treating diabetics with foot and ankle issues. Dr. Cange can provide a tailored approach to remedying your foot complication as well as providing a sensible routine for preventing future problems. Contact us or book an appointment online at our locations in Ellicott City and Glen Burnie, MD. We are dedicated to helping all of our patients achieve optimal foot and ankle health.