When someone has diabetes, risk for injury, infection, and amputation in the lower extremities escalates. Proper foot care avoids complications. The eight podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Group in Philadelphia, PA partner with patients to supervise the changes diabetic neuropathy, impaired circulation, poor wound healing, and more. Together, we optimize podiatric health.
The troublesome statistics
The American Diabetic Association urges diabetics practice daily foot care. Also, it maintains you should see your podiatrist in Philadelphia every two to three months if you have neuropathy (impaired nerve sensation) or poor circulation.
Why come to The Foot and Ankle Group so often? Simply put, the more you attend to your feet and ankles, the less likely you are to suffer a compromising diabetic wound or amputation. Regenstrief Institute for Health Care in Indianapolis says diabetics are almost 60 percent less likely to suffer foot ulcers if they faithfully care for their feet.
Best diabetic foot practices
Your daily care at home alerts you to dangers that could develop into life-and limb-threatening changes. Frankly, these foot care checks benefit everyone, even people who do not have diabetes. These practices include:
- Inspect your feet every morning. Look for breaks in the skin, areas of friction, redness and nail problems.
- Feel your feet to note changes in surface temperature.
- Wash your feet with a mild soap and water every day. Dry them completely.
- Wear clean, moisture-wicking socks. Change them every day or whenever they are sweaty.
- Do not go barefoot, even in the house, to avoid injury and fungal infection.
- Moisturize daily. Use a quality lotion or cream on the tops and bottoms of your feet. Do not place between the toes.
- Cut your nails with clean clippers. Trim evenly with the end of the toe; do not round the corners to avoid ingrown toenails.
- See your podiatrist for corn and callus removal.
- Wear well-constructed shoes with good arch support and room in the toe box.
- Exercise, but keep your feet warm and dry as you do so.
- Elevate your feet when sitting for long periods of time.
- Control your blood sugars.
- Stop all tobacco usage.
- Keep your routine foot exam appointments.
Stay in touch
If you are concerned about any aspect of you podiatric health, contact one of our professionals at The Foot and Ankle Group in Philadelphia. Neuropathy and limited circulation pose real danger, but vigilance pays off. For the Philadelphia location, phone (215) 332-5300. In Mount Laurel, NJ, call (856) 234-0195. For Bordentown, NJ, contact us at (609) 291-0960, and in Columbus, NJ, phone (609) 298-7000.