FAQs about Diabetic Foot Care
Foot care is particularly important if you have diabetes. Daily self-foot exams and visits to your Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists, Dr. Dennis Bizzoco, and Dr. Brian Burgan of Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, for diabetic care, will help you protect your feet and your health.
Why should I pay more attention to my feet if I have diabetes?
Higher-than-normal blood glucose levels common in diabetes can slow healing, making it more difficult to fight infections. Some people who have diabetes eventually develop diabetic neuropathy, a condition that affects the nerves. Nerve damage due to diabetic retinopathy can cause numbness that makes it impossible to feel sores, wounds, or irritated skin. Unfortunately, if wounds are treated promptly, your risk of infection rises.
How can I care for my feet at home?
Daily foot exams will help you spot any changes in your feet. Examine your feet once a day and look for:
- Signs of fungal infections like Athlete's foot and toenail fungus
- Red, irritated spots
- Calluses and corns
- Open wounds
- Changes in the color of your skin
- Numbness, tingling, or a cold or hot sensation
Irritated spots can quickly become blisters if you don't change your footwear. If you do notice a blister, bandage it to prevent it from bursting. If it's difficult for you to see your feet, ask a friend or family member to help you with your exam.
Reduce your risk of cuts, scratches, and complications by:
- Wearing shoes inside and outside
- Alternating your shoes every day to reduce the risk of blisters and irritated spots
- Cutting your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails
- Adding prescription orthotics to your shoes to cushion your feet and reduce pressure
When should I call the podiatrist?
Give your Chattanooga foot doctor a call if:
- You have an open cut or wound, with or without pus.
- You see red streaks on your skin.
- You have an ingrown toenail.
- You can't cut your toenails yourself.
- You have corn or callus.
- You have Athlete's foot or toenail fungus.
- Your feet are black, blue, red, or white.
- Your feet are numb, tingling, or painful.
Seeing the podiatrist at the first sign of trouble can help you avoid infections that could threaten your foot and leg.
Do you need to schedule an appointment for diabetic care? Call your podiatrists in Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan of Associates in Foot and Ankle Care at (423) 855-0728.