Paying extra attention to your feet can help you avoid serious health complications if you have diabetes. Podiatrists Dr. Randy Bernstein, Dr. Randy Semma, and Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma of Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Commerce Township, Livonia and Royal Oak, MI, discuss diabetic foot care and share a few tips.
What foot problems can occur as a result of diabetes?
Glucose, a natural form of sugar produced by your body, serves as a source of energy for your cells, muscles and organs. When you have diabetes, you produce too much glucose. If your diabetes isn't controlled, you can experience a range of health problems, including vision impairment and kidney and heart disease.
High blood sugar levels increase wound healing time. If a sore on your foot becomes infected, it can be very hard to fight the infection, even with antibiotics. High levels can also damage nerves throughout your body, including those in your feet. Unfortunately, you'll no longer feel painful sensations that can indicate the presence of an infection if you have severe nerve damage.
What can I do to prevent these complications?
Decreasing your risk of these serious complications can be as easy as:
- Scheduling Daily Foot Examinations: If you can't feel your feet, you won't be able to tell if you have a sore or blister. Take a look at your feet once every day. Switch to another pair of shoes if you see a red spot from too-tight shoes. Call our Commerce Township, Livonia or Royal Oak office if you notice any signs of trouble, such as open sores, blisters, calluses, ingrown toenails, calluses, skin color changes, red streaks or warm or cold feelings in your feet.
- Choosing Comfortable Shoes: Shoes that don't fit well or are too tight can rub against your feet, causing blisters. Look for shoes that not only provide ample room for your feet, but also cushion them.
- Wearing Orthotics: Orthotics, podiatrist-designed shoe inserts, can be helpful in decreasing pressure that can lead to blisters.
- Visiting the Foot Doctor: Even small wounds or blisters can quickly become infected if you have diabetes. Visiting the podiatrist at the first sign of trouble can help you avoid complications that can threaten your health.
Are you concerned about a diabetic foot care issue? Schedule an appointment with Drs. Bernstein, Semma and Bertelle-Semma of Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care by calling (248) 956-0177 for the Commerce Township, MI, office, (734) 261-3400 for the Livonia office and (248) 549-3338 for the Royal Oak, MI, office.