Foot issues are not uncommon with those who have advanced diabetes. This is because of lower blood flow and loss of feeling in the feet, which are common long-term effects of having diabetes. When feet are not properly taken care of, there can be more serious consequences that stem from smaller issues. The loss of feeling makes it easy for diabetics to not realize when there are small injuries on the foot, which can lead to infection or degeneration. The decreased blood flow prevents nutrients from getting to any injuries, making matters worse.
If you have diabetes-related foot problems, it is best to come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Carl Ingrassia, as soon as possible. He and the team here at Fords Foot and Ankle Care will help you manage your diabetic foot issues, as well as help you prevent problems from worsening.
For those of you who may have diabetes, but do not yet have foot issues, here are some prevention tips you can take to care for your feet before problems arise.
Check your feet daily: Clean them each day and make sure there are no signs of injury or new developments like warts, ingrown toenails, or fungal infections. Come into our office at Fords, NJ to make sure any issues are dealt with properly, especially since you may have lost feeling in your feet.
Moisturize: Make sure that your skin is not too dry, especially on the top and bottom of the feet to prevent cracked or irritated skin. Drink enough water each day to help hydrate your skin as well.
Stay active: Exercise and stretching will help strengthen feet and encourage circulation. If you have foot issues already, you’ll need the blood and fluid circulation to help with healing and swollen feet.
Protect your feet: You should give your feet some time to air out, especially after washing, but for other times, try to wear socks, shoes, or slippers so that you do not injure the feet by stepping on something or banging your toes on obstacles.
Make an appointment today to have your diabetic feet checked and treated. Call us at (732) 738-4441. We are ready to aid you in maintaining your foot health, which will help you keep your mobility and independence.