By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 20, 2017
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
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At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that for our patients that have diabetes one of the most important goals of foot health care is avoiding ulcers and wounds. Fortunately there are a number of actions you can take that will make you significantly less prone to developing an ulcer which can be slow to heal and lead to serious health consequences:

  • Improve your circulation. Good circulation helps healing of minor injuries. Don’t sit for long periods with your legs crossed. Be sure to get up and stretch at regular intervals if you are doing something that requires you to be seated for long stretches. Also, don’t smoke. Smoking is damaging to your circulation.
  • Stay vigilant. Check your feet daily for changes. If you notice any difference in temperature, skin color, size/shape of the foot or if you see bruising, bumps, or swelling be sure to notify your podiatrist.
  • Partner with your doctors. Our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah will help you develop a care regimen for the health of your feet. Regular appointments will allow for careful monitoring of foot conditions and potential issues that could result in foot ulcers. Following your physician’s treatment plan for keeping your sugar under control and managing all aspects of diabetes is one of the most important steps diabetic patients can take.
  • Choose shoes wisely. Shoes that are too tight or high heels that force toes to be squeezed together and pushed into the front of the shoe can create pressure points on the foot. The areas receiving excessive pressure may start to form a callus or corn. Feel around the inside of your shoes before putting them on. Loose stitching or rough patches of fabric can cause friction rubbing against the skin on your foot and create a blister.
  • Don’t walk around barefoot. Athlete’s foot and other fungal infections are transmitted by direct contact. You will also be protecting your foot from stepping on sharp objects that can cut or puncture skin.

You can take control of your foot health if you have diabetes. To learn more, make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office at your earliest convenience by calling: 732-662-3050.