Why Diabetic Foot Care Is Important
Daily foot care is extremely important when you are diabetic. Wounds usually take longer to heal for individuals with diabetes. A longer healing time increases the risk of developing an infection, which could lead to more serious problems. Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan, the highly skilled podiatrists at Associates in Foot and Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN, provide diabetic care for feet and can help you develop a daily routine to keep your feet healthy.
Types of Diabetic Foot Problems
Individuals with diabetes have an increased risk of developing various foot problems due to poor blood circulation, which causes foot wounds to heal more slowly than normal. The longer injuries take to heal, the higher the risk for developing an infection. Without prompt treatment, an infection could lead to more serious health conditions, such as:
- Foot swelling
- Ulcers on the feet
- Calluses on the feet
- Neuropathy (nerve damage)
- Charcot’s foot
The experienced podiatrists at our office in Chattanooga, TN, offer diabetic care for feet. They can recommend ways to promote better blood circulation throughout the day and reduce your risk of a foot infection. Scheduling periodic appointments with one of our doctors can lead to healthier feet.
Caring for Diabetic Feet
There are many things you can do on your own to care for your feet. An important aspect of diabetic foot care is examining your feet daily. Carefully examine the feet for any injuries or wounds, including seemingly minor scrapes or scratches. Treating minor issues right away helps prevent them from getting worse and potentially becoming infected.
When checking your feet you should be looking for blisters, bruises, punctures, scrapes, scratches, cuts, redness, and ingrown nails. Any injuries or wounds should be treated immediately. Gently clean and dry the wound, apply an antibiotic ointment if needed, and then cover the area with a bandage.
Other ways to care for diabetic feet so they remain healthy include:
- Moisturize the feet daily
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Wear loose socks to bed
- Avoid soaking the feet in the water
- Keep the feet clean, dry, and warm
- Wear warm socks and shoes in cold weather
- Trim toenails straight across to avoid ingrown nails
- Stretching or moving around throughout the day to improve circulation
Taking care of your feet is important when you have diabetes since the risk of infection is higher. The knowledgeable podiatrists at our office in Chattanooga, TN, can develop a diabetic care routine for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burgan or Dr. Bizzoco, call the Associates in Foot and Ankle Care at (423) 855-0728.