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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.
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.