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By Foot Doctor of the East Bay
March 10, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Foot care is critical to the overall health and well-being of a diabetic. Due to high blood glucose levels, compromised circulation in the diabetic foot careextremities and to damage to nerves (diabetic neuropathy), diabetic patients must be extra vigilant in examining and looking after the skin, nails and overall condition of their feet. Dr. Michael Stein, Foot Doctor of the East Bay area in Los Gatos, Pleasanton and San Leandro, CA, recommends regular foot examinations--at least once a year--to help preserve the health and function of your feet.

What to do at Home

Just as you brush your teeth and comb your hair every day, be sure to walk through a daily diabetic foot care regimen. Simple self-care disciplines ward off long-term complications such as ulcerating wounds and amputations.

The American Diabetic Association recommends these foot hygiene practices:

  1. Wash your feet each day with warm water and mild soap. Avoid hot water as diabetics have difficulty sensing temperature. Examine toes, nail, tops and bottoms of feet for signs of blisters, redness, dry patches, swelling or any other changes.
  2. Apply moisturizer to avoid rough spots and cracks that could harbor bacteria and lead to infection.
  3. Put on clean socks, and wear well-fitting shoes--even around the house. Well-constructed footwear protects feet from bumps, bruises and scratches diabetics may not notice because of compromised nerve function.
  4. If you do get a cut or blister, don't ignore it, but treat it right away. If you are concerned about how well a wound is healing, contact your Los Gatos, Pleasanton and San Leandro podiatrist for immediate diabetic foot care.
  5. Keep toenails neatly trimmed straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. If you have difficulty cutting your own nails, Dr. Stein can cut them for you.
  6. Exercise and be active to keep blood circulating in your feet and legs.
  7. Stop smoking. This not only benefits your peripheral nerves and circulation, but improves heart and lung function and dental health, too.
  8. See Dr.Stein about corns and calluses. Do not treat them yourself. Also, if you think you are developing bone deformities such as bunions or hammertoes, see your podiatrist as these conditions frequently compromise the health and function of the diabetic foot.


Visit Your Los Gatos, Pleasanton and San Leandro Podiatrist

The American Podiatric Medical Association asserts that millions of American adults ignore much needed foot care. Don't neglect this important aspect of your health care, particularly if you have diabetes. Call (510) 483-3390 to book an appointment for a foot examination at one of Dr. Stein's Foot Doctor of the East Bay's three convenient locations in Los Gatos, Pleasanton and San Leandro, CA today!

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