People living with diabetes are much more likely to suffer from decreased circulation, nerve damage, and infections in their extremities, including their feet. Poor management of diabetes and the conditions associated with it can allow a small wound or a blister to become infected, potentially growing into a serious condition requiring amputation. Nerve damage can cause dehydration of the skin to the point that it cracks open which creates another pathway for fungi and bacteria to enter into the body. The All Care Foot Center of Palmdale, CA can provide the proper diabetic foot care to prevent the infections and other complications that can arise in diabetic patients as well as effective treatment if they do.
Preventive Diabetic Foot Care
To prevent the complications that often develop in people with diabetes, it’s important to take a proactive approach to foot care. That includes adhering to a healthy diet as prescribed by your physician, following an exercise regimen, and having regular checkups with your doctor. Diabetic patients should especially pay attention to their feet, inspecting them daily and following a proper diabetic foot care routine, including the following:
- Inspecting the feet, including the soles and toes, for puncture wounds, redness, blisters, bruises, cuts, scratches, and ulcers
- Washing feet daily with warm water and soap
- Regular toenail trimming
- Applying lotion for soft skin
- Removing calluses and corns
Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well is essential to diabetic foot care. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to calluses, blisters, corns, and hammertoe. Shoes designed for walking and sports are recommended for their foot support and ability to breathe. Diabetic patients should avoid shoes that have high heels or pointed toes or are made with plastic or vinyl.
The proper socks should be considered also. Socks should always be worn when wearing shoes, and they should be clean, dry, and thick enough to provide some padding to help prevent the development of blisters and open sores. Walking barefoot should be avoided by diabetics at all times because bacterial and fungal infections can be introduced to the feet and existing ones can be easily transmitted to others.
Effective Management Is Essential
Diabetes can be controlled with proper management, and a critical part of that is taking the proper precautions with the feet to avoid infections. Untreated or improperly treated infections in diabetic patients can lead to gangrene developing, with the only treatment at that point being surgery to remove dead tissue, up to and including amputation of the affected foot.
Effective diabetic foot care can help to prevent the serious complications that patients can suffer from, and All Care Foot Center of Palmdale, CA is experienced at providing it. For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, call our offices at 661-273-3338 or contact us online anytime.