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By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
December 27, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: 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.

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
February 22, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

What your podiatrist in Stamford wants you to knowdiabetic foot care

Diabetes is a systemic disease with far-reaching effects. In fact, diabetes can dramatically affect your feet! That means you need to take special care of your feet if you are diabetic, so your feet can take care of you. Dr. Peter Siroka in Stamford, CT wants to share how you can protect your feet from damage if you have diabetes.

Diabetes is a common medical condition, affecting over 29 million people in the U.S. according to the American Diabetes Association. People with diabetes experience circulatory, immune, and nervous system changes that can affect your feet. Here’s what you can do:

  • Wash and dry your feet daily to prevent infection
  • Apply moisturizing creams or lotions to prevent your skin from drying and cracking
  • Keep toenails trimmed straight across to prevent ingrown toenails
  • Examine your feet daily and look for any cuts or open sores
  • Exercise your feet daily by stretching to increase circulation

These simple steps can do a lot to prevent foot complications from diabetes. When you have diabetes, the impaired blood flow from changes to the circulatory system can cause tissue death and possible amputations. Exercising and massaging your feet can help.

Immune system problems can mean that a simple cut or sore on your foot can become infected, resulting in a painful diabetic ulcer. Applying antibacterial cream and bandages to affected areas can help. For an open wound that doesn’t heal or gets worse, it’s best to visit Dr. Siroka.

Nervous system problems can result in a condition called diabetic neuropathy causing heightened nerve pain in your extremities. You may also injure your feet and not even realize it because of damaged nerves in your feet. Wearing supportive footwear and avoiding going barefoot can help prevent injuries.

For more detailed information about treating your feet when you are a diabetic, please visit the Diabetic Foot Care page on Dr. Siroka’s website at https://www.petersirokapodiatrist.com/diabetic-foot-care-stamford-ct.html

Visiting your podiatrist regularly is a vital part of caring for your feet, especially if you are diabetic. Your feet are an important part of you and require special care. To find out more about caring for your feet call Dr. Siroka in Stamford, CT today!

By Peter Y. Siroka, DPM
June 01, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Diabetic Foot CarePeople with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don't know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation.

Foot Care for Diabetics

Simple daily foot care can help prevent serious health problems associated with diabetes.

We recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing foot complications:

  • Wash feet daily. Keep feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry thoroughly.
  • Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking, and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection.
  • Trim your toenails carefully. Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance
  • Never treat corns or calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment.
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold.
  • Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting, don't sit cross-legged, and stay active.
  • Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling and nail problems. Contact our practice if you notice anything unusual, even the slightest change.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow in the feet
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and never walk barefoot
  • Visit our practice for regular exams. Seeing a podiatrist at our office regularly can help prevent diabetic foot problems.

At our practice, we understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. Let's discuss simple ways you can reduce your risk of foot injuries. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you back on your feet so you can enjoy the things you love. Remember to inspect your feet every day. If you detect an injury, no matter how small, come in for an exam right away.