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By Clark Podiatry Center
November 13, 2015
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Every year, millions of people are affected by diabetes. Did you know that diabetes can affect your feet as well? Yes, diabetes is responsible for causing two major types of foot problems.

Diabetic neuropathy is when diabetes is not managed or controlled well and leads to nerve damage. This means that if the nerves in your feet or legs are affected, you may not feel hot and cold temperature or pain.

Diabetes can also cause peripheral vascular disease, where diabetes affects your blood flow. In this circulation disorder, your blood does not circulate well throughout your body, thus, causing poor wound healing and risk of infections such as gangrene or ulcers. You may notice scars, cuts and wounds healing very slowly due to poor blood circulation.

It is important then, if you are living with diabetes, to follow your physician’s guidelines for medication, proper diet and exercise. It is also imperative to make a practice of examining your feet every day or at least on a regular basis. Diabetics are at a higher risk of developing foot problems which can lead to infection and in severe cases, may require amputation.

Common Foot Problems Seen in Diabetics

  • Fungal Infections
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Calluses
  • Bunions
  • Corns
  • Blisters
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Foot ulcers
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Plantar warts
  • Hammertoes

Foot Examination for Diabetics

You can try to manage your symptoms with basic foot care guidelines such as hot water soaks, wearing good fitting shoes, drying your feet and toes completely, and not walking barefoot in public spaces. Do not attempt to treat your symptoms with home pedicures or over the counter remedies as these could make your condition worse. For symptoms that not go away, consult with a board certified podiatrist to seek the necessary treatment. Check daily/weekly for the following symptoms and be sure to report them to your physician or podiatrist:

  • Bruising or swelling
  • Redness due to irritation
  • Blisters, corns, or bunions forming
  • Peeling skin
  • Patches of skin or hair missing
  • Cuts or breaks in the skin

For the latest and the best diabetic podiatric care, consult with Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist who practices at Clark Podiatry. We are conveniently located in Clark, New Jersey and we are ready to serve you with all your foot and ankle care needs. Call us with any questions or concerns at (732) 382-3470 or visit our online website, where you can request an online appointment

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