The Importance of Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes complicates even common foot problems such as ingrown toenails, bunions, dry skin, warts, and more, according to the Pharmacy Times. Accordingly, your Fairfield County foot doctor, Dr. Peter Siroka, emphasizes daily foot care and routine office check-ups for all patients who struggle with this common condition. Learn more here:
The danger of high blood sugars
For the lower extremities, diabetes poses foot and ankle problems such as:
- Reduced nerve sensation (diabetic neuropathy)
- Poor healing for wounds, cuts, abrasions, bacterial, yeast, and fungal infections and bruising
- Acquired deformities such as hammertoes
- Reduced peripheral circulation
Deep ulcers on the foot and ankles and amputations are some of the sad consequences of poor preventive care. Although this, of course, quite concerning, with the proper patient education, individualized care plans, and specialized treatments from our Fairfield County office, you can fortify your podiatric health.
Preventive care begins at home
Here's how you can be proactive about your diabetes and foot health:
- Look are your feet carefully every day to discover sores, skin irritations, bruises, and cuts.
- Wash and dry your feet daily using warm water and mild soap.
- Dry your feet completely.
- Wear clean, well-fitting socks, and change them daily.
- Trim your nails with clean pedicure implements. Do not angle the corners of the nails, but cut straight across.
- Wear properly fitting shoes with good arch support.
- Avoid footwear which is too tight as it may cause pressure points and sores.
- Break in new shoes gradually.
- Take your diabetes medication as prescribed.
- Monitor your blood sugars daily.
- Moisturize your feet every day.
- Never attempt to remove corns or calluses yourself.
- Do not go barefoot—even in the house.
- Keep your feet warm and dry, particularly in inclement weather.
Additionally, see routinely visit your foot doctor for check-ups, and report any problems as soon as possible.
Take care of your feet
You can control your diabetes with the help of your foot doctor, Dr. Peter Siroka. Call his Stamford, CT, office today for an appointment: (203) 614-8185.