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Tips for Proper Diabetic Foot Care
If you are diabetic, special care needs to be taken to protect your feet and your overall health. Regular visits with the podiatrists at Atrium Foot Clinic are essential to avoid potentially serious health complications. Why put your health at risk? Make an appointment at Atrium Foot Clinic.
Diabetes & Your Feet
As a diabetic, you are more prone to foot problems due to the development of painful nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy. While this can affect your entire body, your legs and feet are more prone to encounter problems. The nerve damage can cause a loss of feeling in your feet and make it difficult to detect extreme temperatures or pain. You can even develop a serious cut or wound and not even notice the injury until an infection sets in.
Many diabetic-related foot problems can be prevented to a degree with improved blood sugar control and a strengthened immune system. Consult with Atrium Foot Clinic, and put your health in good hands.
Examine Your Feet Daily
This is the easiest, most inexpensive way to prevent foot complications. Examine your feet daily, especially after any injuries and check for noticeable changes, such as:
- Skin colour
- Pain or swelling
These signs may indicate poor circulation or loss of sensation which can lead to more serious issues. An annual examination by a qualified foot specialist is critical to protect your health. Atrium Foot Clinic will provide a thorough exam and check for any signs or changes such as broken skin or ulcers. We can check for areas of high pressure or loss of circulation.
Clean Your Feet
This is another easy way to protect your feet and avoid future problems. Wash in warm water with a mild soap daily. Be sure to dry your feet thoroughly and don’t forget between the toes. A non-irritating moisturizer can be used to prevent cracks and keep your feet smooth.
Keep your toenails neatly trimmed to avoid ingrown toenails which can become infected. If you are unable to cut your toenails safely, we will be happy to do it for you. Atrium Foot Clinic advises you to never try and cut bunions or corns as this can lead to infection. Let our professionals assist you.
The following tips will help to keep your feet healthy:
- Avoid smoking as it reduces blood flow to your feet
- Buy comfortable, well-fitting shoes that are not too loose or too tight
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them every day
- Never walk barefoot to prevent potential injuries
When it comes to your feet, diabetes is a serious condition. The Barrie podiatrists at Atrium Foot Clinic will play a critical role in preventing and managing any diabetic-related complications. Talk to us today and let us help keep your feet safe, strong and healthy.