Those with diabetic foot problems are usually more vulnerable to foot harms since they damage the nerves and reduce the movement of blood. These complications produce a lowered healing ability for the feet from injuries. Since those with diabetic foot issues have a high risk of foot problems and must frequently inspect their feet for any wounds as minor cuts can turn into severe issues. The lowered blood flow also increases the chance of infections. When the lack of feeling becomes more serious, it may become unsafe since a wound occurring on the foot may not get noticed and develop into something severe. You need to keep track of your feet if you have diabetes.
Foot treatment for those with diabetes includes:
- Diabetic shoes can stop many issues from arising by using special materials that promote optimal foot health.
- Using orthotics that are lightweight, increase mobility, deliver support to the arch and diminish stress on the feet.
- Wearing shoes with big toe boxes so that your toes have room to move freely without being subject to friction forces. Sidestep high-heels and wear clean and dry socks.
- Those with diabetes should look for ulcers because they can become infected easily.
- Inspect your feet daily for wounds, bruises, blisters or toenail complications.
- Patients with diabetes should wash their feet every day with soap, keep their dry feet, trim toenails correctly and keep their feet warm.
- Clean wounds on your feet vigorously to prevent infections.
- Use appropriate antibiotics to control infections on your feet.
- Lose the extra weight to reduce stress on your feet.
Please contact us at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668, MI. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, will ensure that you have the right game plan to avoid the consequences of diabetic foot problems. Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above for an appointment and check out our Patient Education library to learn much more!