Diabetes is a disease that have a lot of compilations. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in the body including the feet. It can lead to neuropathy or nerve damage because of the decreased blood supply in the legs and feet.
Once neuropathy develops, foot injuries and infections become harder to detect. And it could lead to amputation if left untreated. Proper foot care is essential for diabetics. Consult a podiatrist about proper foot care techniques. Dr. Gregory Mangum and Dr. Bruce Miller are Podiatrists who specialize in helping people with foot disorders.
Seven Tips For Diabetic Foot Health
1. Washing and drying the feet thoroughly is essential for a diabetic person. Make sure that you take extra effort in drying the areas between the toes.
2. Examine your feet and toes for sores and redness even if you are not experiencing any pain. Also examine your feet from the bottom to ensure that you do not leave any area unattended.
3. Avoid wearing colored socks. This will prevent infections brought about by the dye. Also wear socks that are well-fitted to your feet.
4. Let a podiatrist cut your nails so that it will be correctly trimmed. Also visit a podiatrist if you are having foot problems.
5. Consult a diabetic physician and allow him to monitor your blood levels, particularly your blood sugar. A physician will also prescribe a medicine to help you with neuropathy.
6. Be extra cautious when you remove calluses as severe diabetics can no longer feel pain sometimes.
7. Apply cream to help heal dryness.
Diabetics must make it a habit to check their feet on a daily basis. If something out of the normal is observed, consult a podiatrist immediately. Do not wait for a blister or a wound to become severe as this can be an ideal entry point for infections. It could quickly turn gangrenous and lead to amputation.
Gangrene can lead to sepsis and it is considered a very serious infection too. Aside from wounds, it is important for people with diabetes to look for ulcers as these are sores that are brought about by tissue loss on the skin. This will require intensive treatment. Hence, everyday inspection and early treatment is essential to staying healthy.
The Texas Foot Specialists located in Sugar Land, Pasadena and Houston, we specialize in helping people with diabetes. To schedule an appointment call Sugar Land (281) 242-4448, Pasadena (281) 991-0600 and Houston (713) 664-6677.