Diabetic Foot Care

DECEMBER 17, 2010

Do you have diabetes? If so, we’d like to share some important information about keeping your feet healthy.

Diabetes can cause your feet serious problems – small cuts can have big consequences. Diabetes decreases your blood flow, so your injuries are slow to heal. When your wound is not healing, it’s at risk for infection. As a diabetic, your infections spread quickly. If it’s really bad your doctor will need to take drastic action, like amputation. This is why it is so important to take care of your feet to prevent the sores and infections.

Daily Foot Inspection

Inspect your feet every day:

If you find any injury, no matter how slight, you are urged not to treat it yourself. You should seek a board-certified foot and ankle specialist immediately.

Daily Care for Diabetic Feet

Advice about shoes and socks:

Complications

The loss of feeling in your feet has other consequences – deformities. This happens when sores or ulcers become infected. But there is also a serious condition called “charcot” (pronounced “sharko”) foot. Your foot shape changes due to bones fracturing and disintegrating. Most people continue to walk with the problem because it doesn’t hurt but only gets worse.

If you have, or think you have, diabetic feet, consult a board-certified foot and ankle specialist today.

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