At Cange Podiatry Inc., we know that patients with diabetes have special foot care needs. This disease can impair circulation and nerve function—which can have a significant impact on the health of your feet. Nerve damage or neuropathy makes it difficult to detect pain and sensations that indicate an injury or problem in your feet. Poor circulation can slow the healing process. Thus, patients with diabetes are more likely to get wounds and ulcers that are difficult to heal. This can lead to infection and even amputation.
Fortunately, there are many ways that you, as the patient, can help prevent diabetic foot complications. You should start with a comprehensive diabetic foot evaluation at our Glen Burnie (410-684-5934) or Ellicott City (410-680-8357) office so that our podiatrist, Dr. Darlyne Cange, can assess your condition and develop the correct treatment plan for you. Below are some other ways you can care for your feet if you have diabetes:
● Inspect your feet daily. Look for cuts, blisters, rashes, bruises, swelling, growths, and changes in skin and toenails that may indicate a potential problem. Report anything unusual or concerning to the podiatrist immediately.
● Follow a good basic hygiene routine. Wash your feet every day and dry thoroughly—especially between your toes where athlete’s foot is most likely to develop. Use a rich moisturizer everywhere except between your toes to keep skin supple and prevent flaking and cracking.
● Keep feet dry. Wear socks that wick moisture away from the skin. Apply a foot powder in the morning and change your socks as soon as you notice they are damp.
● Don’t walk barefoot.
● Keep nails trimmed straight across and not too short to prevent ingrown toenails.
● Do not attempt to treat corns, calluses or warts on your own. “Bathroom surgery” can cause severe injury and have perilous consequences for diabetic patients.
● Check your shoes regularly for pebbles or items inside that might hurt your foot. Feel around the inside for loose stitching or rough spots that could rub on your skin. Be sure shoes have a wide toe box, are made of flexible material, and do not put pressure on any one spot on your foot.
Remember, your podiatrist is your partner in keeping your diabetes under control and protecting the health of your feet. If you have questions, contact us today. You can also schedule your appointment online.