One of the most dangerous complications that can occur for patients who have diabetes is a foot ulcer that goes unnoticed due to the loss of sensation in your feet caused by peripheral nerve damage. An infection can rapidly spread possibly leading to amputation. Diabetic patients often have inadequate blood circulation which also contributes to poor healing of wounds.
To decrease the chances of developing diabetic foot ulcers follow these 5 tips:
1) Do a daily foot inspection—Look for cuts, scrapes, bruises and ingrown toenails that may become infected and lead to a foot ulcer.
2) Wash your feet at least once a day—Wash your feet daily with mild soap and warm water and be sure to dry them carefully, especially between the toes.
3) Trim your toenails correctly—Cutting your toenails straight across rather than on curve will help prevent ingrown toenails.
4) Wear the right shoes—Specially designed diabetic footwear with a wide toe box and deeper heel cup provides space for shoe inserts and balance braces that treat injuries and also help to prevent falls.
5) Try custom orthotic inserts—Custom orthotic inserts will help prevent rubbing of any injured skin areas to allow healing to occur. Orthotics also increase overall foot comfort and improve gait mechanics to help with knee, hip, and back problems.
If you would like expert help in treating your diabetic foot problems, we highly recommend that you consult our board-certified podiatrists Andrew Shapiro, DPM , and Michael Barkin, DPM. With access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, we can assist you with heel pain, ankle sprains, diabetic foot care, toe deformities, nail fungus, and skin problems, among many other conditions. Our practice is conveniently located on West Merrick Road in Valley Stream to accommodate all of your foot care needs. Call (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online today!