Foot problems may become more severe if you are a diabetic, and additional care must be taken to avoid complications. There are several techniques that can be practiced for optimum foot care, including checking the feet daily for any cuts or redness, cutting the toenails correctly, and washing and drying thoroughly between the toes. If the skin becomes hardened, you may consider applying a moisturizer on the top and bottom of the feet which will promote softer skin. Choosing to wear shoes that fit well will not only feel comfortable, but will be beneficial in avoiding conditions that may lead to sores and infections. When buying shoes, it's important to make sure the toes have adequate room to move around, and choosing a shoe with a lower heel may be helpful to avoid falling. It is of vital importance that daily foot inspections be carried out. Any type of wound, especially one that is not healing, must be addressed with immediate attention. A consultation with a podiatrist is advised to learn about the importance of proper diabetic foot care.
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 any one of our expert podiatric physicians at ADVANCED PODIATRY. Our doctors 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.
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.
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.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
On a lighter note-you might have more in common with your favorite celebrity than the same hometown or hair color. If you have diabetes, you are among some pretty famous and talented company.
Tom Hanks-Oscar-Winning Actor
Halley Berry-Academy Award Winning Actress
Larry King-Talk Show Host
Salma Hayek-Oscar Nominee
Paula Deen-Celebrity Chef
Drew Carey-Sitcom Star and Game Show Host
Sherry Shepherd- Actress and former Co-Host of The View
Randy Jackson-American Idol Judge
Billie Jean King-Tennis Icon and Superstar
Jay Cutler-Chicago Bears Quarterback
And finally, last, but not least, one of my all-time favorites, the late Actress and Icon-Mary Tyler Moore