Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetic Foot Care Treatment
Individuals with diabetes are especially prone to the development of serious foot and ankle conditions. We've made it our mission to defend you and your feet from such complications. When it comes to diabetic foot care, we know best. It's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, proper hygiene, and regularly visit your podiatrist to keep your feet in tip-top shape. The experts at Foot Doctor of the East Bay will help you get there!
Complications Associated with Diabetes
Millions of feet are affected by diabetes every day. This disease can cause damage to the nerves in your lower limbs, resulting in the development of peripheral neuropathy, or painful nerve damage. Once neuropathy sets in, your sense of touch becomes fogged and can prevent you from detecting pain. It can even become difficult to judge whether something is too hot or too cold. This inability to feel is called sensory diabetic neuropathy. If you can't feel your feet, you can't detect when a problem is present. Minor cuts and scrapes begin to go undetected, which in turn leave you at risk for developing major infections or even diabetic foot ulcers. These issues can also lead to dangerous muscle damage. If your muscles develop issues, they will fail to serve you correctly and will cause misalignment of other body parts.
Another diabetic complication that we treat in our office is peripheral vascular disease. This disease causes a decrease in blood flow, which affects the body's ability to heal. When cuts and sores take longer to heal, it can lead to the development of ulcers and potentially even gangrene.
Prevention is Key
Because you are at risk, diabetic foot care is of the upmost importance. Keep your feet safe by practicing preventative measures. It is important to give your feet a thorough inspection every day. If you aren't able to do so, have a loved one take a peek, or make an appointment with our office. Self-examination is crucial to your safety. Check your feet for swelling, pain, and tender areas. It's important to keep track of changes in temperature or color as well, as these may be warning signs for poor circulation or loss of sensation.
Don't forget to wash your feet. Do this daily! Use warm water and mild soap and be sure to dry them thoroughly. Once dry, apply moisturizer. Along with washing your toes, keep them trimmed! Toenails should be kept neat and tidy, about as long as the toe itself, and cut straight across.
Keep your footwear comfortable. Never wear something that is too tight nor too loose, and never walk barefoot!
You may be surprised to hear, but eating a well-balanced diet and exercising to maintain a healthy weight will also help to prevent diabetic foot complications.
Diabetes is a serious disease that can affect many areas of your mental and physical health. Take control with good diabetic foot care. If you'd like more information, contact one of our offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos, CA, today! Our experts, Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM are here for you!