When you have diabetes, caring for your feet is vital, and getting regular checkups can keep small problems from worsening. The team of specialist foot care experts at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, have considerable experience in providing diabetic foot care, helping prevent and treat serious complications, and keeping your feet healthy. Call the Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers office nearest you today to arrange a diabetic foot check, or book an appointment online.
People who have diabetes are prone to foot problems, including:
Foot problems are common because of two complications diabetes causes. The first is neuropathy or nerve damage, which causes loss of feeling in your feet. Diabetic neuropathy takes away your ability to feel pain and discomfort, so you might not detect an injury or irritation.
To make this problem worse, diabetes causes poor circulation in your feet. This second complication reduces your ability to heal, making it hard for even a tiny cut to resist infection.
If you have diabetes, you need to get regular checkups by your podiatrist at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers. They can check your foot health, carry out any procedures like cutting your toenails or treating corns, and address any developing foot problems.
You also need to take good care of your feet at home. Inspect them daily, checking for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems. Use a magnifying hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet, and call Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers if you notice anything that doesn’t seem right.
Wash your feet in lukewarm water, not hot, every day, being very gentle. Use a soft washcloth or sponge, and dry by blotting or patting. Make sure to dry carefully between your toes. You can apply moisturizer daily to stop dry skin from itching or cracking, but not between your toes as it can encourage a fungal infection.
Wear clean, dry socks and change them daily. Don’t wear thick or bulky socks that fit poorly and irritate the skin, and avoid tight elastic as it reduces circulation. If your feet get cold at night, wear socks but never use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
Shake out your shoes and check the insides before putting them on, as your feet might not be able to feel a pebble or other foreign object. Keep your feet warm and dry, and never walk barefoot, even at home. Always wear shoes or slippers as you could step on something and get a cut.
You should also try to stay healthy and manage your diabetes so that you keep your blood sugar levels under control.
The team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers can help wounds heal, preventing infections and ulcers that could lead to amputation. They can prescribe antibiotics to cure infections and treat common problems like ulcers, bunions, and corns. They also have access to advanced wound healing technologies.
Many new surgical techniques are available to save feet and legs, including joint reconstruction and Charcot’s diabetic foot reconstruction.
To schedule your diabetic foot checkup, call Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers office nearest you today or book an appointment online.