While proper foot care is always important, it is especially important for Brooksville residents with diabetes. If you are one of the many Chapel Podiatry patients with diabetes, get the information you need about diabetic foot care here. It may just save your foot.
Why is Proper Foot Care Important for People with Diabetes?
Diabetes doesn't just affect your blood sugar. It can also damage your nerves and reduce the blood flow in your feet. As a result, you are less likely to notice small cuts, bruises and blisters on your feet, and these small cuts, bruises and blisters are more likely to lead to infection or even amputation.
What Steps Should I Take to Care For My Feet?
Thankfully, most of Dr. Chapel's patients at Chapel Podiatry in Brooksville find practicing diabetic foot care quite simple. Here's what you need to do.
- Inspect your feet for cuts, bruises, blisters, ingrown toenails and other sores regularly.
- Wash your feet with mild soap daily.
- Dry your feet thoroughly anytime they get wet.
- Cut your toenails straight across.
- Do not cut your cuticles.
- Never go barefoot.
- Wear comfortable shoes that fit properly.
- Call your doctor right away if you notice any problems.
What Warning Signs Should I Watch Out For?
As you are inspecting your feet each day, be on the lookout for any small symptoms that could potentially turn into big problems. Symptoms such as burning, pain, loss of sensation and a change of color can all indicate a potential problem. Be on the lookout for changes in your hair and toenails as well.
When Should I See the Doctor?
While a minor foot problem may not seem like a huge cause for concern, when you have diabetes, it can be. Call your podiatrist at Chapel Podiatry in Brooksville for diabetic foot care right away if you notice any signs of cuts, bruises, ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, hammer toes, athlete's foot, discoloration, infection, numbness, pain or any sores or wounds.
For Chapel Podiatry patients with diabetes, visiting Dr. Chapel in Brooksville for diabetic foot care should always be a priority. Even if your symptoms seem minor, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
If you have any questions or concerns about how to properly care for your feet or if a foot issue you are currently experiencing could be a problem, we'd love to hear from you. Call Dr. Chapel at Chapel Podiatry in Brooksville for further information on diabetic foot care today.