At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we hope all of our Macomb County patients are staying healthy. This means not only taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID 19, but also not ignoring other critical health issues. This is particularly important for our patients with diabetes. Now as always, it’s essential that diabetic patients not put off seeking treatment for potential wounds or the worsening of existing podiatric conditions. We are offering telemedicine services and office visits at our St. Clair Shores (586-779-6140) office with special precautions in place so that our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, or Dr. Philip M. Watkins can provide our patients the care they need. Be sure you are following a good care regimen to manage your diabetes, including the following steps.
- Have a daily care plan. Hopefully, you already have a good foot care routine in place. You should wash your feet with soap and warm (not hot) water and dry them completely (paying particular attention to the spaces between your toes). If your feet tend to sweat excessively, dust them with a foot or anti-fungal powder before putting on socks. Use a rich moisturizer at night to prevent skin cracks.
- Examine your feet every day. It’s essential that you monitor your feet for any changes that could signal a developing ulcer or infection. These include: bruising, cuts, blisters, rashes, swelling, growths or discoloration of nails or skin. Any redness or warmth around an irritated area, especially if accompanied by a fever should be reported to the podiatrist immediately.
- Do not use electric blankets or expose your feet to direct heat sources such as fireplaces or space heaters. Test the water temperature in the tub with your hand or elbow before stepping in.
- Keep your feet covered, even at home. This will decrease the chances of stepping on a sharp object or small pin. Neuropathy, a condition commonly associated with diabetes, may make it difficult to perceive pain in your foot, causing even a small wound to develop into a big problem before it is detected.
- Do not attempt to remove ingrown toenails or warts on your own at home. This could cause serious injury.
- Keep blood sugar levels where they need to be.
If you have questions about diabetic foot care, please contact us.