What You Need to Know About Diabetic Footcare
If you suffer from diabetes, you need to be very wary of your foot's health care. Diabetics are more prone to foot problems because of peripheral neuropathy, a development of painful nerve damage in the foot. Read on to learn more about proper diabetic foot care, and if you need personal podiatric treatment, call up Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care, located in Livonia, Royal Oak, Saginaw, and Commerce Township, MI!
More about Neuropathy
Neuropathy often affects the legs and feet, but it can also impact a person's whole body and cause serious health complications. The condition damages nerves, leading to a loss of feeling in the feet. Without this ability, people become unaware of wounds and injuries, allowing them to go untreated until they become much worse.
Consequently, diabetics should examine their feet on a daily basis. Careful and regular inspection is an easy and inexpensive preventative measure. Note several key symptoms:
- Skin color
- Poor blood circulation and loss of sensation.
In addition to a self-inspection, annual examinations at our offices in Livonia, Royal Oak, Saginaw, and Commerce Township, MI, provide a more thorough exam to detect any signs of changes, like broken skin and/or ulcers.
Another simple but crucial point is to keep your feet clean. It may seem like common sense, but people don't always wash their feet daily with warm water and soap. Dry your feet thoroughly and apply non-irritating moisturizer to keep your feet smooth.
Furthermore, if you develop a foot injury, even a relatively small one such as an ingrown toenail, visit one of our offices for care. We can help prevent infection and keep your foot safe
Other preventative measures include:
- Avoiding smoking
- Wearing comfortable shoes
- Wearing clean, dry socks
- Never walking barefoot
Give us a call!
For more information on diabetic foot care, call Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care in Livonia, Royal Oak, Saginaw, and Commerce Township, MI!
- For Livonia, call (734) 261-3400
- For Saginaw, call (734) 261-3400
- For Royal Oak, call (248) 549-3338
- For Commerce Township, call (248) 956-0177