Why Diabetic Foot Care Is Important
By Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala
July 25, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

If you have diabetes, even minor foot conditions and injuries like an ingrown toenail or a blister can lead to potentially serious diabetic foot carecomplications. Preventive care like wearing clean socks and comfortable, supportive shoes and keeping the toenails neat and trimmed are very important for people with diabetes. Dr. Robert Linn, a podiatrist in Ocala, FL, advises diabetic patients to make regular foot care a regular part of their healthcare and wellness routine.

Diabetic Foot Care in Ocala, FL

People with diabetes are more susceptible to a condition known as peripheral neuropathy, which decreases circulation and the blood flow to the nerves in feet. This condition can make it difficult to feel pain and sensation in the feet over time. The most common symptoms of diabetic foot complications are:

  • Tingling and numbness
  • Pain and cramping
  • Extreme sensitivity
  • Burning sensation
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Balance and reflex issues
  • Increased risk of foot ulcers, infection, and joint problems

There are a number of precautions that can help to limit the risk of complications from diabetic foot. The first step is to work with your primary physician to manage your diabetes and keep your blood sugar stable. The American Diabetes Association recommends the following tips to help keep your feet healthy as you manage your diabetes:

  • Check your feet every day, even if you don't have any symptoms (and don't forget to check the bottom of your feet)
  • Avoid walking barefoot, and wear clean socks and comfortable shoes that fit properly and don't crowd your toes or feel tight, which can increase the risk of calluses and blisters
  • Keep your toenails trimmed - cut straight across and avoid sharp edges (see a podiatrist if you have difficulty grooming your toenails)
  • Avoid the area between the toes when applying lotion
  • Wash and thoroughly dry your feet every day
  • Discuss an appropriate exercise plan and level of activity with your doctor, and maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid tobacco and smoking
  • Elevate your feet when sitting, and move your feet and toes throughout the day to keep the blood circulating

Find a Podiatrist in Ocala, FL

For more information about diabetic foot care and prevention, contact Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala by calling (352) 861-1055 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Linn today.