If you have diabetes, you may feel as though you have enough to worry about without taking the time to care for your feet. You may also not understand the correlation between diabetes and proper foot care. That’s why Dr. Michael Dershowitz and Dr. Floyd Miller, podiatrists at the Southwest Foot Institute in Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale, Arizona, want to provide their diabetic patients with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information about foot care and how it relates to managing their condition.
Why is foot care so important for diabetics?
Since diabetes is an issue that originates in the pancreas, including your feet in your care regimen might seem odd. However, diabetes is a disorder that slows blood flow and decreases nerve response. When these two symptoms are combined, the healing process is greatly diminished. It can also cause neuropathy the weakness, numbness and pain from nerve damage in the hands and feet. Because your feet are the furthest appendage from your heart, the injuries they sustain can be life-threatening if they are not treated promptly. Therefore, the best way for a diabetic person to maintain their foot health, according to your podiatrists, is to prevent injuries and practice stringent foot care.
How can I care for my feet?
Preventing injuries will help prevent the complications that can accompany a wound that is left to become infected. You can do this by wearing comfortable, properly fitted shoes at all times, even inside the house. Your Phoenix podiatrist cautions against wearing open toed shoes at any time. Trimming your toenails straight across can also help prevent ingrown toenails; Dr. Dershowitz or Dr. Miller can show you the proper technique. It’s also important to set aside a time each day to inspect your feet for even the most minor injuries: blisters, cuts, or bug bites can quickly become unmanageable if they are not detected and treated right away. Your Phoenix podiatrist suggests making foot care part of your everyday hygiene regimen; perform your foot checks before or after showering. You can use a mirror to look at the bottom of your feet more easily. If the problem is persistent, painless, non-invasive laser treatment may be your best option.
Contact your podiatrists in Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale
Above all else, it’s important to contact your foot care specialists as soon as you notice any signs of injury to your feet or ankles. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact the Southwest Foot Institute in Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale.