According to the CDC, 29 million people in the US have diabetes. Most diabetic patients know all about how to check their blood sugar levels and eat a healthy diet. However, many are unaware how important the health of their feet are to their general health. Together with Dr. Stephanie Thomas and Dr Ashley Blackwell, your foot doctors at Premier Foot Clinic in Clinton, MS, you can find out why your podiatrist is such an important tool in fighting diabetes.
Diabetes and Your Feet
Diabetes causes too much glucose in the blood. This results in lowered blood flow and nerve damage, especially in the extremities. Nerve damage causes loss of feeling, resulting in not being able to feel a pebble in your shoe or the sore it creates. The lowered blood flow decreases the rate at which a sore or infection heals. These factors make it extremely important for those suffering from diabetes to check their feet often for any abnormalities.
How often should I have my feet checked by my podiatrist?
Your best tool to prevent problems with your feet is your Clinton podiatrist. Having your feet checked by your foot doctor at least once a year is crucial to your health. If you experience any irregularities like sores, corns, calluses or ingrown toenails, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as possible. Those who have experienced loss of feeling in the feet or have had foot ulcers in the past should see their doctor every 3 to 6 months.
How can I keep my feet healthy between appointments?
Take several minutes each day to thoroughly inspect your feet. Note any cuts, irritated areas, bruises, blisters, ingrown toenails or calluses. Nail care is especially important in keeping your feet healthy as improperly cut toenails may result in ingrown toenails. Be sure to cut the nails straight across and take care to file down the sides to smooth out the nail. Wash the feet daily using lukewarm water. With decreased feeling in the feet, you may not be able to feel too-hot water burning your feet. Wear fresh socks daily to ensure that bacteria does not build up on the feet and cause infections. Before you put on your shoes for the day, shake them out and feel inside of them to make sure there is nothing which can cause harm inside of them. Additionally, moisturize your feet daily with unscented lotion. Do not apply lotion between your toes. This prevents fungal infections from forming in these small, moist areas.
Dr. Stefanie M. Thomas and Dr. Ashley D. Blackwell at Premier Foot Clinic in Clinton, MS can help you determine how often to have your feet checked to keep complications from diabetes at bay. Call (601) 926-1500 to schedule your examination today!