Everyone should take good care of their feet. This especially applies to people who live with diabetes and the challenges fluctuating blood sugars present. At Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates in Moorestown, Dr. Howard Abramsohn prioritizes diabetic foot care, helping patients avoid serious complications.
What diabetes can do to your feet
High glucose levels in the blood damage peripheral nerves (diabetic neuropathy) and circulation. Small wounds, cuts in the skin, pressure points and friction may not adversely affect the average podiatric patient, but diabetics easily develop deep wounds and ulcerations which require aggressive treatment.
If treatment fails, amputation of a toe, forefoot, foot or entire lower limb may result. The Joslin Diabetes Center states that 25 percent of people who have diabetes will struggle with a podiatric condition--either medical or structural--at some point in their lives.
Help your feet stay healthy
In summary, diabetic care at home and at the podiatry office in Moorestown is critical. Preventive measures halt the potentially devastating effects this chronic disease has on the lower extremities.
Dr. Howard Abramsohn recommends semi-annual, in-office foot examinations for all people with diabetes. He will look at:
- Skin integrity
- Any existing corns and calluses or changes in skin color and temperature (circulation)
- Foot structure (hammertoes, bunions)
- Condition of any existing wounds
At home, diabetics should inspect their feet every day looking for:
- Breaks in the skin
- Changes in color and/or sensation
- Tender spots
- Blisters, fissures or sores
- Impaired sensation
- Ingrown toenails
- Corns or calluses
Additionally, Dr. Abramsohn recommends:
- Wearing a clean pair of socks every day
- Daily foot washing with soap and warm water
- Properly fitting footwear
- Avoiding going barefoot--even in the house
- Wearing socks at night
- Applying moisturizer to avoid dry skin
- Controlling blood sugars
- Keeping control of weight
- Smoking cessation (tobacco impairs peripheral circulation)
- Keeping your feet dry in cold, wet weather
Learn all you can
Dr. Howard Abramsohn emphasizes preventive diabetic care for his patients. If you wish to learn more about how to take proper care of your feet or if you have any concerns about their health, please call Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates in Moorestown, NJ, for a consultation. We're happy to help! Phone (856) 234-5180.