Some things in life are pretty much unavoidable—taxes, adolescence, summer construction season, etc. Other problems are absolutely avoidable, and you’re much better off for having avoided them. Diabetic foot ulcers fall into this category. You do not have to suffer with ulcer symptoms or risk amputations from a wound. It’s possible to treat ulcers, of course, but it’s far better for your lower limbs to avoid them altogether.
Diabetic wounds are the result of circulatory and nervous issues from high, fluctuating sugar levels with diabetes. The high blood sugar damages both your blood vessels and your nerves, which weakens your immune system and impairs your ability to feel tiny injuries. An ulcer develops when you get a small blister or a cut on your foot and continue walking on it. Your immune system isn’t strong enough to heal it, and you can’t feel enough pain to know your feet need help, so the tiny problem deteriorates into an ulcer.
You can prevent the entire process of wound development by taking some simple preventative measures. Here are a few things you should be doing for your feet to prevent ulcer symptoms:
- Wash and Inspect Daily – Wash your feet every day to keep them clean. Take that time to inspect for any signs of damage, too, no matter how small.
- Don’t Treat Skin Issues Alone – Calluses, corns, blisters, warts, and other skin problems can easily deteriorate into ulcers. Let professionals like our team help you treat them.
- Clip Carefully – Trim your toenails carefully. If you accidentally clip skin, get help right away before a sore breaks down.
- Always Wear Good Shoes and Socks – Properly fitted and supportive socks and shoes protect your lower limbs from pressure and stepping on sharp objects.
- Take Care of Your Health – Eat well, don’t drink, and get in shape! These steps help you combat the diabetic problems that make ulcers possible: weak blood flow and nerve damage.
The more proactive you are about your feet, the easier it is to prevent complications from diabetes. Don’t take your lower limbs for granted! Let our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. help you keep your feet healthy and wound-free. Make an appointment at our Castle Pines or Parker, CO, offices through the website. You can also call (303) 805-5156.
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