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If you have diabetes, even minor foot conditions and injuries like an ingrown toenail or a blister can lead to potentially serious complications. 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.
People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don't know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation.
Foot Care for Diabetics
Simple daily foot care can help prevent serious health problems associated with diabetes.
We recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing foot complications:
- Wash feet daily. Keep feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry thoroughly.
- Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking, and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection.
- Trim your toenails carefully. Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance
- Never treat corns or calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment.
- Protect your feet from hot and cold.
- Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting, don't sit cross-legged, and stay active.
- Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling and nail problems. Contact our practice if you notice anything unusual, even the slightest change.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow in the feet
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and never walk barefoot
- Visit our practice for regular exams. Seeing a podiatrist at our office regularly can help prevent diabetic foot problems.
At our practice, we understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. Let's discuss simple ways you can reduce your risk of foot injuries. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you back on your feet so you can enjoy the things you love. Remember to inspect your feet every day. If you detect an injury, no matter how small, come in for an exam right away.