Sometimes you can go it alone. Other times you need to work with a team to take care of a problem. Take diabetes, for example. This condition is known to cause serious complications in the feet of people living with it. Specifically, you can experience poor circulation and/or nerve damage within your feet. Poor circulation means a lower amount of blood flowing through your feet, which in turn can cause injuries to take longer to heal and increases the likelihood of infection. With nerve damage you may not notice an injury due to reduced feeling in the feet. This injury could then lead to an open wound or infection. Proper diabetic foot care can help to decrease the risks of complications from diabetes.
There are several steps you as a diabetic patient can take from home in order to improve your foot health. First, check your feet daily. If you cannot see the bottom of your feet use a mirror. Wash and moisturize your feet daily, making sure to dry them well (especially between the toes). If you are cutting your nails at home, cut them straight across ensuring they are not too short. If you notice a callus, corn, or ingrown nail never try to treat yourself. Visit our office as soon as possible for treatment. Lastly, never go barefoot—even around the house—as this can increase your likelihood for injury.
You should be seeing us on a regular basis for preventative care. However, if you notice any changes in your foot health or have concerns, you should seek treatment immediately. Changes you should pay attention to include skin color changes, swelling of the feet and ankles, and in increase in skin temperature or pain. If you notice open sores that are slow to heal, cracks in in your skin, corns, or calluses, call Podiatry Associates, P.C. in Parker or Castle Pines, CO, at (303) 805-5156 and make an appointment with one of our podiatrists right away. Together we can help to prevent diabetic foot complications.
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