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By Dr. Michael Stein
March 26, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels rise higher than normal. Over time, having too much sugar in your blood can cause Diabetic Foot Careserious foot problems. Although diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to manage your diabetes and keep your feet healthy. Led by Dr. Zeineldin Ahmad and Dr. Michael Stein, Foot Doctor of the East Bay (offices in San Leandro, CA, Pleasanton, CA, and Los Gatos, CA) offers a full range of podiatric services. Here are 7 foot-care tips all diabetics should know.

1. Examine your feet daily. Stay a step ahead of diabetes-related foot complications by checking your feet every day. Search for problems such as redness, calluses, blisters, corns, cuts, sores, swelling, ingrown nails, or any other changes to the nails or skin. Look for signs of decreased blood flow, such as temperature variation, shiny or thin skin, and abnormal hairlessness.

2. Wash your feet daily. Washing your feet will keep your feet bacteria free. Wash your feet every day in lukewarm (not hot) water. Always check bath water with your wrist to make sure it's not too hot. Use a mild soap. Wash all areas of your feet, especially under your toes and between them. Don’t soak your feet. Dry your feet completely after washing and pay special attention to drying between the toes.

3. Keep your skin soft. Use a diabetic foot cream or skin moisturizer every day to keep your skin soft, prevent cracking. Cracking occurs when skin becomes extremely dry. Apply a thin coat of diabetic foot cream or skin moisturizer on the tops and bottoms of your feet. But don't moisturize between the toes.The extra moisture between the toes can lead to infection.

4. Wear socks and shoes. Wear socks and shoes at all times. Don't walk around barefoot when indoors or outdoors. Choose clean, comfortable socks that fit well. Socks that have no seams are best. Don't wear shoes that leave your toes or heels unprotected open-toed shoes or flip-flops. Check inside your shoes before wearing them. Make sure there are no objects inside before you put them on.

5. Trim your toenails when needed. Trim your toenails after showering, when they're soft. Cut straight across, then smooth the corners with a nail file. This prevents the toenails from growing into the skin. Avoid cutting the corners of the toenails. Keep your toenails at a moderate length. Short toenails are more prone to becoming ingrown nails. have a podiatrist trim your toenails if you cannot reach or your feet.

6. Be more active throughout the day. Regular exercise can improve your health and blood glucose control. Being active also improves blood flow to the feet. Ask your healthcare provider for safe ways to be more active every day. Move more by swimming, dancing, walking, or going bike riding. If you're very active, start slowly. Wear athletic shoes that are made for your activity.

7. See a podiatrist regularly. A podiatrist can help you protect and take care of your feet. Podiatrists are doctors specializing in foot and ankle care, including the treatment of diabetes-related problems. See your podiatrist regularly, even if you don't have any problems with your feet. Get your feet examined by your podiatrist at every visit. Your doctor will play a key role in helping you manage diabetes successfully and avoid foot complications.


When you have diabetes, your feet need a little TLC. Call one of Foot Doctor of the East Bay's offices to schedule an appointment- San Leandro, CA- (510) 483-3390; Pleasanton, CA- (925) 425-9684; Los Gatos, CA- (408) 356-6767. Taking care of your feet can prevent problems before they start!

Bette Midler suffered a nasty toe injury during her stay in Texas!The Divine Bette Midler recently went on a trip to Texas to speak at a Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas. Unfortunately for Midler, the event evidently took a painful turn.The star posted a photo of her foot with her big toe wrapped in a large green bandage on Twitter with the caption: "My New York toes don't love Texas cowboy boots….Looks like my green thumb has made its way down south!"

Sources believe that the pain is associated with an ingrown toenail which was brought on by poor footwear choices and made by worse by a pedicure gone wrong. Midler had the toenail removed with a surgical procedure.

An ingrown toenail can make mobility difficult and cause discomfort in the feet. If you are dealing with an ingrown toenail, consider consulting with a podiatrist like Dr. Michael A. Stein, DPM of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can assess the severity of your condition and see to all of your podiatric needs.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out
-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts
-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed
-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office in Los Gatos, San Leandro, and Pleasanton, CA. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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