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Foot Care Can Help to Prevent Diabetic Ulcers

Tuesday, 04 April 2023 00:00

Diabetics can be in danger of foot and toe problems as a result of sustained high blood sugar levels. Commonly, diabetes causes neuropathy in the lower extremities, which results in numbness and can put the patient in danger of developing a foot ulcer. Because the feeling in the feet is limited or absent, cuts, sores, and cracks in the skin may go unnoticed. Another underlying condition, called peripheral artery disease, can clog the blood vessels in the feet, making it more difficult for any such injuries to heal. This combination can lead to skin ulcers that if not attended to can cause gangrene. Experts suggest a daily foot care regime that can prevent ulcers from forming. It includes washing and drying the feet daily, inspecting them for sores, wearing shoes that are comfortable and fit well, and avoiding going barefoot. Keep the feet elevated when possible and perform light foot exercises, such as wiggling the toes and rotating the ankles to get the circulation going. If you have noticed a sore on your foot that is taking a long time to heal, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Glenn Davison, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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