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By Dr. Michael Stein
August 25, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

DiabetesIf this…then that. We've all played logic riddles with this format. For old times' sake, let's give it a whirl! If there are balloons, then... it's a party! How about this one? If a bunch of cats jump on top of each other, is it then called a dog pile?As your foot specialist, we can say this; if you have diabetes, then you are at risk for developing a foot ulcer.

For that reason, you should have us check your feet checked regularly. Diabetic ulcers are open sores or wounds—most commonly found on the bottom of the foot—that affect as many as 15 percent of patients with diabetes. Some cases can even lead to hospitalization or amputation. In most cases, however, they are preventable.

These wounds can develop from a combination of factors, such as lack of feeling in the foot, heel fissures, poor circulation, foot deformities that cause excessive friction or pressure, and trauma. If your nerves have been damaged due to diabetes, you are particularly at risk, due to the loss of ability to feel pain.

Common symptoms you may begin to notice are drainage on your socks, redness and swelling of the foot, or a foul odor. You can prevent this by checking your feet every day and visiting the Foot Doctor of the East Bay, where we can ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. There are several appropriate treatment plans including: prevention of infection, taking the pressure off the limb, debridement or removing dead skin and tissue, application of medicine or dressing the wound, and management of your blood glucose levels.

Don't wait until it's too late. If you run a tight ship, then you are less likely to develop an open foot sore. Protect your feet by keeping your blood glucose levels in check, keeping your feet clean, and not walking barefoot. Other things to avoid are smoking, drinking alcohol, high cholesterol, and inappropriate shoes.

For diabetics, a small cut or scrape can quickly develop into a dangerous situation. At the first sign of redness and swelling on your foot, give one of our offices a call. Foot Doctor of the East Bay can be reached in San Leandro at (510) 483-3390, Los Gatos at (408) 356-6767, and Pleasanton at (925) 425-9684. You can also set up an appointment online.

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