7 Footcare Tips for Patients with Diabetes

At Benenati Foot Care Centers, we know that our diabetic patients have to take extra good care of their feet. If you have diabetes, minor foot problems like blisters or an ingrown toenail can have serious medical consequences. Neuropathy or nerve damage is frequently associated with diabetes and can make it difficult for patients to accurately assess pain and other sensations that are warning signs of a developing foot problem. Circulation issues further complicate matters by slowing the healing process and increasing the chances of infection. Below are seven tips for protecting diabetic feet.

  1. Examine your feet every day. Look for bruises, cuts, blisters, rashes, redness, spots that feel warm to the touch, changes in skin or toenail color, lumps or growths. It’s very important that you inform the foot doctor of any unusual changes in your feet.
  2. Schedule regular checkups with the podiatrist. The foot doctor is a member of your diabetes care team. Regular visits will help spot any issues while they are in their earliest and most treatable stages.
  3. Wear shoes made of soft materials that don’t pinch or rub. Any place where there is friction between your skin and your shoe has the potential to form a sore or blister. Open wounds can be difficult to treat and lead to infection.
  4. Keep feet covered even when you’re at home. This will reduce your risk of puncture wounds, cuts and injury. It will also prevent bacterial and fungal infections which are transmitted by direct contact.
  5. Use moisturizer to keep skin supple. Diabetes can disrupt natural oil production in the skin. A good lotion or cream can help prevent heel cracks and dry, flaky skin.
  6. Don’t attempt to treat corns or ingrown toenails on your own. This can lead to an injury or damage to the skin.
  7. Contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office if you even suspect a potential foot problem. Our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Adam Thompson would much rather you play it safe than wait.

American Diabetes Month: Fight Back

Each November, we at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers recognize American Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a serious condition that affects over 30 million men, women, and children. It’s the seventh leading cause of death in our country.

Be Thankful for Your Feet!

It’s the season of Thanksgiving and at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers we want to be sure our patients remember their feet when making a list of all that they are grateful for.

Sesamoid Injuries: Small Bones Cause Big Pain

Is it difficult to bend and straighten your big toe? How about swelling or bruising—do you see any in the area where the pain is? At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that “yes” answers to these questions likely indicate an injury to the sesamoids.

Why Do My Feet Smell?

At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, however, we know that foot odor is a year-round problem for some people. With approximately 3,000 sweat glands per square inch producing about ½ pint of perspiration daily, your feet are prime targets for body odor issues.

Watch Out for These 4 Common Kids Foot Injuries

Kids have all the energy with little self-control. They can go all day while you are left panting behind them. Running around is great for your kids to explore their world and release some of that energy. But watch out - they are still growing, so...

Winter Boot Buying Guide

You may think the most important feature of a pair of winter boots is their ability to keep your feet warm. A Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, however, we know that your choice can also have a big impact on the overall health and comfort of your feet. Below are some tips to consider before making your purchase.

Sprain vs. Break: What Happened to My Ankle?

Let’s lay the scene: you are out with friends. You all have begun to play a game of soccer. The game starts to get intense when someone slides into your feet, knocking you down in a super awkward way.  So you have an injured ankle and...

New School Shoes Checklist

At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that parents are busy getting their children ready to go back to school. One annual ritual that happens at this time of the year is the back-to-school shoe shopping trip.

Shoe Tips for Runners

At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know that the right shoes for a runner can maximize performance and minimize your risk for injury.

Back to School Tips to Keep Your Feet Healthy

Whether you are a mom ready to kick back after a busy summer or a teacher doing last minute prep for the classroom, the school year is almost here. With the school year about to kick off, it is a good idea to add shoes to your shopping list. With...
Page: 123456789 - All
586-210-6984
586-203-3574
586-217-2160