Because of the feeling of numbness and the inability to feel pain, patients who have diabetes can be completely oblivious that a cut or blister that has occurred on one of their feet. If these seemingly minor problems are left untreated, they can become infected leading to an ulcerating wound that could progress to the need for amputation of a toe, foot, or even the entire lower leg.
Taking care of your feet is a good idea for everyone, and is vitally essential for diabetic patients to avoiding dreadful complications.
Some steps you can take as part of your foot care regimen include the following:
- Inspect your feet daily. This is really the most important thing you can do every day. If you have trouble checking your own feet, use a mirror to inspect the bottom and between the toes or have someone help you. Look for blisters, cuts, ulcers, swelling and redness.
- Wash and dry your feet at least once a day. Wash your feet every day and dry them carefully, especially between the toes to help avoid fungal and bacterial infections.
- Trim your toenails, corns, and calluses carefully. Be careful when cutting your toenails or treating corns and calluses to avoid cuts or scratches. Your podiatrist can carefully perform these tasks to help avoid any accidents.
- Wear properly fitted shoes. Specially designed diabetic footwear and custom orthotic inserts can help treat wounds and take much of the stress off your feet and ankles.
For help with your diabetic foot issues, see your foot care professional. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.