According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 29 million people in the United States (roughly 9 percent of the population) suffer from a form of diabetes. In addition to the added dietary and overall health precautions that diabetic patients need to take to maintain overall wellness and to stay healthy, people suffering from diabetes also require professional foot care for any podiatry issues. Even common problems like warts and ingrown toenails can pose a potential health risk to a person with diabetes if not treated properly by a foot care specialist.
Podiatry and Diabetic Care in Moorestown
Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates LLC specialize in offering podiatry care for diabetic patients. As with every aspect of their healthcare and diabetes management, diabetic patients should consult with a podiatrist for any foot care issues and problems to avoid potential complications.
Foot Care with Diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetics should make it a point to check their feet daily for any problems or signs of injury, and seek treatment as soon as possible.
Why must diabetic patients pay special attention to their feet?
Excess glucose in the blood can lead to nerve damage and poor circulation to the feet, which puts people with diabetes at a heightened risk for infections.
What foot problems should a person with diabetes be aware of?
- Neuropathy - Diabetics are at risk for nerve damage to the feet, which can cause pain, tingling, weakness, and numbness. However neuropathy can also diminish sensation in the feet, making it difficult to feel pain from an ulcer, blister, callous, or foot injury that can lead to complications for patients with diabetes if left untreated.
- Dry, cracked skin - Nerve damage can hinder oil production to the feet, making them extremely dry and prone to cracking of the skin around the heels. When applying lotion or oil to the feet, avoid the area between the toes.
- Calluses - Diabetic patients are more prone to calluses and corns due to high pressure on the feet (frequent calluses may indicate the need for therapeutic shoes or inserts). Calluses can lead to open sores, increasing the risk of infection, and therefore people with diabetes should always have their calluses trimmed by a podiatrist.
- Foot Ulcers
- Poor Circulation
- Athlete’s Foot
How Often Should Diabetics See a Foot Doctor?
Diabetic patients should examine their feet daily for any problems or signs of infection, and have a professional foot exam at least once a year.
What Precautions Should Diabetic Patients Take?
Keeping the feet clean and dry on a daily basis should be a priority for every person with diabetes. Some patients require therapeutic footwear or insoles. Diabetic patients should seek medical attention for all foot injuries and callouses to help prevent the risk of infection.
To learn more about diabetic foot care, contact Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates LLC in Moorestown today at (856) 234-5180 to request an appointment.