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.