Caring for Your Feet When You're Diabetic
Self-care is important at any stage of life, but if you’re diabetic, maintaining a balanced lifestyle is imperative to your health. One of the most important aspects of diabetic self-care is preventing injuries to your feet. Your podiatrist in White Plains, NY, Dr. Eric Peters, has many patients with diabetes and is committed to educating them and their caregivers on the best practices for good foot health. If you were diabetic or care for someone who has diabetes, this post will be very beneficial.
Reasons for diabetic foot care
Diabetes, a metabolic disorder, causes problems with more than just the levels of sugar in the blood. It also restricts circulation and damages nerves, two issues that affect the feet in particular due to their distance from the heart. This means that even a minor injury such as a blister can go unnoticed due to a reduced nerve response, leaving it subject to infection due to the lack of blood flow and subsequent lack of healing. The bacteria from untreated foot ulcers can get into the bloodstream and cause systemic problems. Your White Plains podiatrist stresses to all his diabetic patients that diligent foot care and prevention of injuries is key to managing these complications of diabetes.
One of the best ways to prevent foot wounds is by wearing comfortable, ventilated, and properly-fitted footwear at all times. This includes slippers indoors and closed-toe shoes outside, as well as "breathable" socks to prevent fungal infections from developing. Your White Plains podiatrist can make recommendations for the best brands and styles to wear and where they can be purchased.
Ingrown toenails are a very common side effect of improper nail trimming. While ingrown nails can be uncomfortable for the general population, they can become extremely difficult to manage if you’re diabetic. To prevent ingrowth, the nails should not be trimmed too short or cut on a curve; rather, they should be trimmed straight across to encourage proper growth.
A consultation with Dr. Peters will help you or your caregiver understand more about diabetic foot care. To schedule an appointment, contact our office in White Plains, NY, today!