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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 03, 2016
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: Ulcers   neuropathy   wounds  

Patients with diabetes have to be particularly careful about taking care of their feet. Diabetes can reduce blood flow to the feet, making even small cuts or blisters difficult to heal. Neuropathy, or nerve damage, another common component of the disease, makes it harder to perceive pain and injury creating a doubly dangerous situation for these patients. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we have experience treating diabetic patients. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah would like to offer the following suggestions for protecting the feet of diabetic patients and preventing serious medical problems:

  1. Check your feet daily (or have someone do it for you). Look for changes in skin color, bruising, cuts or blisters. Report any changes to your podiatrist.
  2. Choose footwear that is roomy and made out of breathable materials. Run your hand around the inside of the shoes before you buy them to check for rough stitching or material that may rub on your foot and cause friction or a blister. Shoes should fit comfortably from the moment you try them on—no breaking in period.
  3. Wash your feet every day with a mild soap and dry gently but completely.
  4. Moisturize your feet with an emollient lotion or cream but avoid the areas between the toes as this could encourage a fungal infection.
  5. Trim toenails (or have someone cut them for you) straight across and not too short to avoid ingrown toenails.
  6. Do not use a heating pad or hot water bottle on your feet. Decreased sensation may prevent you from realizing when something is too hot and you could end up burning your feet. Wear socks to bed if your feet are cold at night.
  7. No bathroom surgery! Do not attempt to cut or trim corns or calluses, pop blisters or do anything that could result in cutting yourself. This opens the doorway to infection.
  8. Don’t walk barefoot, even at home. This increases your chances of stepping on something and cutting your foot.
  9. Avoid smoking as this further decreases circulation.
  10. Follow your doctor’s instructions and eat a healthy diet to keep your diabetes under control.

Patients with diabetes should have regular podiatric checkups. Schedule an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office online or by calling: 732-662-3050.

 

November is American Diabetes month! Every day we are all well aware of this disease and how it is taking over the country, but this month is dedicated to raising awareness for the disease. As obesity rates rise in America, so does the number of people at risk for obtaining this disease. Many people associate this disease with blood sugar levels, but what many people don’t know is that the earliest signs of this disease can be seen in your feet! One of the biggest signs starting in your feet is a loss of sensation/feeling. There is no ability to feel pain or temperature change, and the biggest problem associated with the loss of feeling is not being able to feel an injury, like a broken bone or tissue damage. Another sign associated with your feet is skin changes. These symptoms vary widely from dryness and cracking to open wounds called ulcers. Both of these can lead to infections and can be very harmful and could eventually lead to limb loss if left untreated.

Take the time this month to read a few articles or to talk to Dr. Gujral at your next appointment at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe, NJ to become more educated on this disease. Even if you don’t have diabetes, someone you know may have the disease or could be at risk for developing it, so take advantage of this special month and learn as much as you can! The best prevention is education.

By Varun Gujral