Nearly 60-70% of adults with diabetes also suffer a condition known as diabetic neuropathy. If diabetic neuropathy is affecting your foot health, board-certified podiatrist Eric Peters, DPM, has the right treatments for you at his office in White Plains, New York. Diabetic foot care can help keep your feet healthy and comfortable. To learn more, call Eric Peters, DPM, or schedule an appointment online now.
Diabetic foot care refers to the steps patients with diabetes must take to ensure their feet are healthy and free of cuts and sores.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that results from high blood sugar levels. Over time, the condition can weaken your blood vessels and damage your nerves. When your nerves are damaged, they fail to send proper signals to other areas of your body. For diabetics, neuropathy often leads to a loss of feeling in the hands and feet.
Since diabetic neuropathy leads to a loss of feeling in the feet, you may not realize when you have a cut, scrape, or sore. It’s also difficult to detect temperature changes when you have diabetic neuropathy.
In addition, diabetes causes low immunity, which interferes with your body’s ability to heal and repair damage. If you have a foot injury, it may not heal as quickly as it should. That’s why it’s crucial that you practice diabetic foot care.
Failing to practice proper diabetic foot care can ultimately lead to potentially dangerous complications, such as:
In rare cases, non-healing wounds are too severe to treat. The dead tissue, or necrosis, that develops can require amputation of the toes or foot.
Your podiatrist can offer a variety of tips to help you practice proper diabetic foot care. If you have diabetic neuropathy, you should:
It’s important to cut and file your nails straight across, rather than cutting the corners, to avoid ingrown toenails.
Keep your feet away from extremely hot or cold water, heating pads, snow, freezing rain, and heaters to reduce your risk of injury.
Examine your feet daily to check for scrapes and cuts. Inspecting your feet can help you avoid a non-healing wound or infection.
Socks that are too tight can restrict blood flow to your feet, which further slows healing. You should also wear loose-fitting socks at night to protect your feet while you sleep.
To learn more about diabetic foot care, call Eric Peters, DPM, or schedule an appointment online now.