Diabetes affects over 9.3% of the American population. This common, but potentially deadly, disease affects more than just your insulin levels. Diabetes causes decreased blood flow and nerve damage, meaning diabetics must be highly aware of their feet and the care they put into them. You can work together with your Clinton, MS podiatrist at Premier Foot Clinic to ensure that your feet are as healthy as possible.
Why is diabetic foot care so important?
Untreated or uncontrolled diabetes causes nerve damage in the extremities, a condition is known as peripheral neuropathy. This nerve damage, in turn, leads to circulation problems, so potential wounds take much longer than normal to heal. It also increases the risk of infection. This perfect storm means that neglecting to care for your feet properly could have grave results. For example, since you are unable to feel the pain from a simple cut, you may not even know it is there. The decreased blood flow makes it harder for your body to heal the wound, resulting in potential infections or even amputation.
Tips for Diabetic Foot Care
The most important part of caring for your feet is to prevent injury in the first place. Always shake out your shoes before putting them on to be sure no debris or pebbles are inside. Be sure to cut your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. Wear fresh, clean socks every day to reduce the chance bacteria growing. Inspect your feet every day and look for any redness, cuts, irritation or bruising. Be sure to inspect the areas between your toes, as they are a likely breeding ground for bacteria. If you find a cause for concern, especially if it is an oozing or infected wound, contact your Clinton podiatrist right away and schedule a regular foot exam.
How can my podiatrist help?
Your podiatrist helps keep your feet in tip-top shape. A thorough physical examination allows your doctor to see any abnormalities in your foot’s structure and areas where your shoes may be irritating the skin. Your doctor will also check the circulation of your foot and check how much sensation you have left. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe custom orthotics or diabetic shoes to help keep your feet healthy.
For more information on diabetic foot care, please contact Dr. Stefanie M. Thomas and Dr. Ashley D. Blackwell at Premier Foot Clinic in Clinton, MS. Call (601) 926-1500 to speak with an associate about scheduling your regular foot examination today!