Learn how to keep your feet healthy when you have diabetes.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with diabetes? If so, then you may be realizing how much of an impact your blood sugar levels have on the rest of your body. One area that is greatly affected by diabetes is your feet. From the office of our Moorestown, NJ, podiatrist Dr. Howard Abramsohn, find out everything you need to know about keeping your feet healthy when you have diabetes.
What are some common foot complications associated with diabetes?
If you have diabetes and are having trouble getting your blood sugar levels under control then you may end up experiencing,
- Numbness or tingling in your feet
- Changes in the shape or structure of your feet
- Ulcers or wounds that don’t heal
To prevent these issues from happening it’s important that you visit our Moorestown, NJ, foot doctor for checkups or when problems first appear.
How can I prevent diabetic ulcers in my feet?
Ulcers often form as a result of a small cut that didn’t heal. Ulcers should not be taken lightly. If they aren’t treated right away they can continue to grow, leading to more serious complications. That’s why early detection and treatment is crucial for treating diabetic ulcers in the feet.
Should I wear special shoes?
There are specific types of footwear that are designed for those with diabetes. The footwear you choose is very important since those with diabetes should always wear shoes and socks. Even if you are indoors you should never go barefoot, as this could increase your risk for injury. If you aren’t sure which type of shoes to wear talk to our podiatrist.
When should I see a doctor?
At the first sign of any symptoms or changes in your feet, it’s important to call a foot specialist. Even something as minor as redness or dry skin could lead to infection, ulcers and other more serious issues. It’s time to see a podiatrist if you are experiencing,
- Numbness or tingling
- Tenderness to the touch
- Deformity or malformation
- Ulcers or open wounds
- Cuts or scrapes
- Ingrown toenails
- Corns and calluses
If you have questions about diabetic foot care or other services we offer here in Moorestown, NJ, then call Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.