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By Dr. Michael Stein
April 14, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Diabetic  

If you suffer from diabetes, taking care of your feet is incredibly important. After all, even a small injury can have serious repercussions on your health. Here at Foot Doctor of The East Bay in San Leandro, CA, Dr. Michael Stein provides diabetic foot care to keep patients in top podiatric health. Read on to learn more on the topic.

FAQs about Diabetic Foot Care

What complications can diabetes cause for my feet?

You may notice a reduction in feeling in your feet. This means if you have even a small injury, it could develop into a more serious health issue. For example, you may have a small stone in your shoe but not notice it. This can lead to a blister or ulcer. If left untreated, it could become infected and ultimately require amputation.

What is a diabetic ulcer?

A diabetic foot ulcer is a small wound that typically appears on the sole of the foot. Diabetic ulcers can be caused by nerve damage, poor circulation, or injury.

How can I protect my feet from diabetic ulcers?

You can protect your feet from diabetic ulcers in the following ways:

  • Wash your feet daily
  • Dry your feet carefully after washing
  • Inspect your feet for cuts or ulcers every day
  • Always wear clean, dry socks
  • Don’t walk around barefoot

There are also special types of socks, shoes and orthotic devices that are designed specifically for those with diabetes. You can find out more about these from your podiatrist.

Can I use a moisturizer on my feet if I have diabetes?

You can use a moisturizing cream to prevent the skin on your feet from drying and cracking, but you should not moisturize between your toes.

What types of shoes can I wear with diabetes?

You should wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes that allow your feet to breathe. Avoid high heels and shoes with open toes. Shoes with Velcro or laces that can be easily adjusted will provide you with added comfort.

Call Foot Doctor of The East Bay in San Leandro, CA

If you live in San Leandro and you suffer from diabetes, call Dr. Stein at (510) 483-3390 today to learn more about diabetic foot care.

Burning feet, medically known as neuropathy or paresthesia, is characterized by painful tingling sensations in the feet. The condition—which is more common in the summer—mainly occurs due to damaged and weakened nerves in the legs, which are more prevalent as one ages.

The prickling sensation associated with burning feet can be treated at home with mixtures containing water and either ginger juice, hawthorne, or thyme. Any of these remedies will relieve pain and help promote blood circulation.

Aside from neuropathy and paresthesia, several nerve complications can ail the feet. For assistance with a nerve disorder in your lower extremities, visit one of our podiatrists from Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors can provide you with a specific diagnosis and work with you to alleviate your symptoms.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that is less common than Interdigital Neuroma. It only seems to affect patients who have severe ankle pain which begins in the bottom of the foot extending all the way to the calf.  In other instances one may encounter partial numbness and atrophy if the cases are extreme.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in California. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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