How to Care For Your Feet After A Diabetes Diagnosis
Your podiatrists in Chattanooga, TN, can help with diabetic care for your feet
Diabetes can be a difficult disease because it affects so many areas of your body. One of those areas is your feet. When you are diabetic, your feet need special care to keep them healthy and uninjured. Your podiatrist can help.
Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan at Associates In Foot And Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN, provide comprehensive footcare services, including diabetic care for your feet.
Diabetes affects nearly every system in your body, including your circulatory, immune, and nervous systems. The disease can cause profound changes including loss of feeling in your feet and toes. That means you could potentially injure your feet or toes and not even feel it.
Immune system problems from diabetes can result in you having an injury like a simple cut or blister, and it may not heal quickly. The end result could be a painful diabetic ulcer.
Diabetes-related circulatory problems could mean impaired blood flow to your feet and toes. When you have inadequate blood flow, it can cause soft tissue necrosis, resulting in the need for amputations.
You can do a lot to keep your feet and toes healthy when you have diabetes. Remember to:
- Do ankle, feet, and toe stretches daily to boost circulation
- Wash and dry your feet thoroughly every day, to prevent infection
- Apply moisturizing cream or lotion, to prevent cracks from dry skin
- Examine your feet for cuts, blisters, or sores
- Apply antibiotic cream to any injuries and bandage them
- Wear supportive, comfortable socks and shoes, and avoid going barefoot
You should also visit your podiatrist regularly for a foot examination. Your podiatrist can make sure your ankles, feet, and toes stay healthy and free of injury.
To learn more about taking care of your feet after a diabetes diagnosis, talk with the experts by calling Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan at Associates In Foot And Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN. You can reach them at (423) 855-0728, so call today!