Diabetic Feet Need Special Care
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes, we at Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle want you to know that we want to be your partners and work with you in managing this condition. Diabetes can affect your feet in a number of significant ways:
Increased chances of wound infection—restricted blood flow commonly associated with diabetes limits the amount of nutrients being delivered to the foot which can make wounds slow to heal and increase the risk of infection.
Neuropathy—nerve damage, another common problem for diabetic patients, can result in loss of feeling in your feet. This means it can be difficult to notice when your feet are too hot or too cold or have sustained a cut or injury.
Dry skin. Nerve damage may also impede the proper regulation of oil and moisture needed to maintain healthy skin. The skin on your feet can become dry and cracked—allowing an entry point for infection-causing bacteria.
Steps You Can Take
Fortunately, as daunting as some of these issues may sound, there is much we can do together to protect the health of your feet. Some important recommendations:
Schedule regular appointments at our Spring Hill (352 683-5799) or Hudson (727-868-2128) office. Our podiatrist, Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, will monitor the condition of your feet and offer suggestions for reducing risk and increasing comfort. The foot doctor can also check your circulation and nerve function.
Choose footwear wisely. Your shoes can play a big part in ensuring that your feet do not get injured or develop harmful conditions such as athlete’s foot and blisters. We offer therapeutic shoes specifically designed for diabetic patients and can fit you for a pair that is best for you.
Be vigilant about self-care. Check your feet daily and report anything suspicious to the foot doctor immediately. Follow your physician’s instructions for controlling your blood sugar. Maintain a healthy diet, regular exercise routine and overall healthy lifestyle. Don’t smoke.
If you have questions about diabetes and your feet, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here for you.