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Taking good care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes. In fact, diabetic foot care may help you avoid complications. Your Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, podiatrists at Diamond Podiatry offer treatments and services that will help minimize your risk of developing serious diabetes-related foot infections.
How does diabetes affect my feet?
Diabetes causes several important changes in your body and feet, including:
- Slower Healing: Fighting off infections becomes much more difficult if you've had diabetes for a long time or the disease isn't well controlled.
- Lack of Sensation: Peripheral neuropathy may also be a problem if you have poorly controlled diabetes or have had the disease for years. The condition damages the nerves in your feet, which can affect your ability to feel pain or discomfort when you have a cut, blister or sore on your foot.
- Decreased Sweat and Oil Production: You may be more likely to develop sores and ulcers if your skin breaks down easily due to decreased production of sweat and oil. Even tiny sores can quickly become infected when you have diabetes.
How can I avoid complications?
Daily self-foot examinations help you identify skin issues that could lead to complications, such as unruptured blisters or red spots. Bandaging your blister and switching to a pair of shoes that doesn't rub against your foot will help prevent these blisters and red spots from turning into sores.
It's also important to wear shoes that cushion your feet and reduce pressure. Your podiatrist may recommend that you use prescription shoe inserts called orthotics if you develop blisters or red spots often or experience discomfort.
In addition to red spots and unruptured blisters, look for open sores, red streaks on your skin, pus on sores, ingrown toenails, ruptured blisters, pain or numbness, changes in the temperature of your feet and skin color changes. If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, call your Bethlehem, Macungie or Quakertown, PA, foot doctor as soon as possible.
Are you concerned about a diabetic foot problem? Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists at Diamond Podiatry by calling (610) 865-0311 for the Bethlehem or Macungie, PA, offices or (215) 529-5222 for the Quakertown, PA, office.
A diabetes diagnosis can mean adding steps to your daily routine, such as monitoring your blood sugar and, if necessary, administering insulin. Although many people do not think to add “foot care” to their daily task list, this important aspect of diabetic care is crucial to managing your condition. Find out what makes diabetic foot care so important and learn some best practices to add to your routine with Diamond Podiatry with locations in Bethlehem, PA, Macungie, PA, and Quakertown, PA.
Why is diabetic foot care important?
Diabetes is a condition that restricts or altogether blocks the body’s ability to make glucose, which regulates the body’s blood sugar levels. This effect then causes decreased blood flow to the extremities, causing numbness and slower healing times. Consequently, a seemingly insignificant injury can be left untreated, evolving into a more advanced condition or even becoming seriously infected. Incorporating a daily foot care routine into your life helps decrease the chances of this situation occurring and allows patients to easily monitor their feet’s health.
How should I care for my feet?
A daily foot care routine can help you keep your feet healthy:
- Examine the foot itself and take note of any cuts, scrapes, bruising, or other abnormalities.
- Recheck any injuries or abnormalities the next day to ensure they do not become worse.
- Always wear fresh socks and change them if they become damp or sweaty.
- Shake out your shoes before putting them on to get rid of any pebbles or other debris which may be inside.
- Always cut the toenail straight across to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Schedule regular foot examinations with your podiatrist.
Diabetic Foot Care in Bethlehem, PA, Macungie, PA, and Quakertown, PA
Caring for your feet becomes more important than ever after a diabetes diagnosis. Consulting regularly with your foot doctor can help you ensure that your feet stay healthy for years to come.
For more information on diabetic wound care or what makes diabetic foot care essential to patients with diabetes, please contact your podiatrist at Diamond Podiatry with locations in Bethlehem, PA, Macungie, PA, and Quakertown, PA. Call (610) 865-0311 to schedule your appointment in Bethlehem, (610) 865-0311 to schedule your appointment in Macungie, or (215) 529-5222 to schedule your appointment in Quakerstown today!
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes don’t let foot problems happen to you.
It’s common for those with diabetes to also be at risk for a host of other health problems. Nerve damage is a common issue in those with diabetes and our goal as your Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, podiatrists are to prevent neuropathy and nerve pain whenever possible. Learn more about the symptoms of nerve damage in feet and what you can do to prevent it.
What is diabetic neuropathy?
One of the most common types of neuropathy that those with diabetes face is peripheral neuropathy. This condition often affects the legs and feet, but can also affect the arms and hands. Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include,
- Tingling, numbness or weakness in the feet
- Shooting pains or cramping
- Poor balance
- Loss of coordination
- The inability to walk (in severe cases)
If you are experiencing any changes in your feet (whether pain, tingling, numbness or weakness) this is something that shouldn’t go ignored. Treat this like a medical emergency and visit our Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, foot doctor right away. Let us know what symptoms you are experiencing and we will make sure to pencil you in immediately.
How should you treat diabetic-related nerve pain?
If you frequently experience foot pains due to neuropathy you may be wondering the best ways to manage your discomfort. First and foremost, it’s important that you get your blood sugar under control. This is something you should work with your doctor to make sure that your blood sugar levels are normal. You can improve your blood sugar by taking certain medications and by making certain lifestyle changes (e.g. diet; exercise; quitting smoking).
In some situations where nerve pain is severe, we may prescribe medication to help relieve your pain. This is often the case if lifestyle modifications have failed to help manage your discomfort.
If you are looking for diabetic foot care in Bethlehem, Macungie or Quakertown, PA, then look no further than Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates of the Lehigh Valley. If you are noticing any changes in your feet, give us a call right away.