If you are diabetic, you are more likely to suffer from nerve damage, circulation problems, and infections. These are all problems that directly affect your feet due to a lack of feeling and poor blood flow. As a result, it can allow a small blister or wound to progress into a serious infection or amputation. Nerve damage, which is also called neuropathy, can cause the skin to dry out and crack. This opens up yet another avenue for bacteria and fungi to enter the body. With proper diabetic foot care in Scottsdale from Dr. Forman, you can take steps toward protecting your feet from further harm.
Preventing Diabetic Complications
To prevent diabetic complications, it’s important to be proactive rather than reactive, which means visiting Dr. Forman regularly, exercising, and eating a healthy and balanced diet. Prevention also includes paying special attention to your feet by inspecting them regularly. You can properly inspect your feet by performing the following:
- Search for puncture wounds, bruises, redness, blisters, ulcers, cuts, and/or scratches
- Examine the bottoms of your feet and toes
- Thoroughly wash your feet with soap and warm water
- Use lotion to keep your feet soft
- Trim toenails regularly
- Smooth out corns and calluses
By performing the above preventive measures you can better protect your feet from further harm due to diabetic complications in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale Diabetic Foot Care Essentials
Wearing shoes that fit properly is crucial in keeping your feet healthy. If you are wearing a poorly-fitting shoe, it can lead to foot problems like corns, calluses or hammer toe. Walking shoes and athletic shoes are good for daily wear because they support your feet and allow them to “breathe.” Try to avoid wearing shoes that are made of vinyl or plastic, and shoes with pointed toes or high heels–these can cause the most complications.
In addition to choosing proper footwear, you need to also consider the socks you are wearing. Make sure your socks are clean, padded and dry. And, don’t forget to wear socks at all times to protect against blisters and sores–this means with shoes, too. People with diabetes should also avoid walking barefoot at all times because fungal and bacterial infections can spread very easily.
Complications with Diabetes and Your Feet
Properly managing your diabetes and protecting your feet can help to avoid complications caused by infections. If an infection goes untreated, you can risk losing your foot altogether. Additionally, when infections like gangrene begin to kill dead tissues, the only treatment available is surgery to remove the affected appendage–this why proper diabetic foot care in Scottsdale is important.
Diabetes is a serious condition. If improperly managed, diabetes can become potentially life-threatening. Contact Dr. Mark Forman at Put Your Feet First to learn more about diabetic foot care in Scottsdale.