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Posts for tag: Diabetic Foot Care

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
September 28, 2022
Category: Foot Issues

Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that impacts blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels. If left uncontrolled, diabetes can cause a variety of complications, including issues related to the feet. The medical team at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists – Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons offer complete diabetic foot care to those in and around the Bellefontaine, Springfield, London, OH, vicinity.

Ultimately, diabetes is a medical condition that reduces the effectiveness of blood circulation. The impact on the body’s blood flow can lead to issues that require foot care and treatment. Diabetes can also cause nerve damage (neuropathy); if left unchecked, a person with diabetes can lose the ability to feel cold, pain, or hot sensation. As a result, even a small injury (like a foot blister from new shoes) may be difficult to detect. And if left unnoticed (and therefore untreated), this can become a serious infection or worse.

As experienced podiatrists, Dr. Anderson, Dr. Jennings, and Dr. Simmons provide preventive and acute diabetic foot care to those living or working in the Bellefontaine, Springfield, London, OH area.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Diabetic Foot Issues

People with diabetes must be aware of possible foot problem warning signs to keep their feet healthy and infection-free. While foot issues can happen to anyone, those with diabetes risk more serious medical complications because, as noted above, they tend to have poor circulation. As such, it is essential NOT to ignore the following foot symptoms -

  • The swelling of one’s legs, ankles, or feet.
  • A change to the color of the skin in the area.
  • Burning/tingling sensations. 
  • Lack of sensation in the foot.
  • Foot sores that do not heal.
  • Numbing of one or more toes.
  • Ingrown toenails. 
  • Cracks that form between the toes.
  • Blisters, calluses, corns.
  • Hammertoes or bunions.
  • Planters Warts.
  • Athlete’s foot.

Daily preventative action is important to keep feet healthy, and this simple routine has the potential to make a positive and significant impact on the management of diabetes. Even the slightest delay in seeking medical help for this condition can put a person with diabetes at unnecessary risk for additional medical complications.

If you or someone you love/know recognize any of the above-noted symptoms, contact Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists for complete diabetic foot care in Bellefontaine, and Springfield, OH, also serving London, OH. Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists can be reached at (937) 599-3668 or (937) 322-3346.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
May 12, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Here are some helpful tips for caring for your feet with diabetes.

If you have diabetes then you know that your feet are prone to ulcers, infections, and other serious complications if you aren’t careful. Apart from managing your condition through a healthy lifestyle and medication, there are also additional ways to keep your diabetic feet safe from dealing with problems. While our Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, podiatrists Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons love seeing their patients, and would rather prevent problems from happening to their patients in the first place. Here’s how,

Keep Blood Sugar Under Control

One of the best things you can do to prevent health complications is to make sure that you have your diabetes in check. This involves working with your team of doctors, Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons, to make sure that your medication and your current lifestyle are keeping your blood sugar levels within a healthy, normal range.

Perform Daily Foot Checkups

While you should visit our Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, podiatrists a few times a year to make sure your feet are healthy, it’s incredibly important that you check your feet every day. Take a few minutes to examine all areas of your feet, from the back of the heel to under the toenails. You should look for,

  • Blisters
  • Corns and calluses
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Discolorations
  • Deformities
  • Pain
  • Warts
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Fungal infections
  • Cuts and open wounds

Any problems should be addressed by a qualified medical professional right away to prevent further complications.

Get the Blood Flowing

Our bodies weren’t meant to sit at a desk all day. If you have diabetes it’s particularly important that you are getting your body up and moving. When sitting it’s a good idea to elevate your feet (never cross your legs, which can restrict blood flow). Wiggle your toes for about 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day. Get up and moving every 30 minutes to boost circulation in your feet.

Wear Supportive Footwear

You want shoes that are going to cushion and support your feet while also protecting them from injury and other issues. It’s important that you wear proper shoes and socks and that you never go barefoot, even if you are in the comfort of your own home. Wearing shoes can prevent injuries that you may not even feel, especially if you have nerve damage in your feet. Talk with our podiatrist about shoes designed specifically for those with diabetes.

Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists is the premier foot and ankle practice in Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, and serving London, OH. If you are dealing with diabetes and want a podiatrist that understands your feet’s unique health needs, call us today at (937) 599-3668 for the office in Bellefontaine, OH, and (937) 322-3346 for the office in Springfield, OH to schedule a consultation.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
June 15, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  
Keep Your Feet Healthy With DiabetesDiabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body uses and processes blood sugar. One of the main symptoms of diabetes is nerve pain, creating numbness in the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy). If you have diabetes, it’s important that you regularly see a podiatrist. The nerve damage prevents blood from reaching your feet, making it hard to notice when you have a foot injury. A podiatrist can help treat any injuries and foot conditions while also providing you with preventive care. 
 
Keep Track of Your Levels
Monitoring your blood sugar levels keeps both your feet and body healthy. High levels increase your risk of nerve damage. Besides taking your medication, try following a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Losing excess weight makes your diabetes easier to manage. 
 
Pay Attention to Your Feet
Your podiatrist recommends checking your feet every day for injuries or other issues. Be on the lookout for blisters, cuts, swelling, redness, or nail problems. These indicate a bigger issue at hand. Things like blisters or dry skin put you at risk of infection. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, see your podiatrist right away. 
 
Wear Shoes and Socks Daily
People with diabetes need to protect their feet at all costs. This means that they should never go barefoot. Always wear socks and preferably shoes. Choose cotton or wool socks that aren’t too tight. For shoes, you want a pair that fits properly, is insulated, and protects you from injuries. 
 
Toenail Maintenance
Your podiatrist suggests keeping your toenails trimmed and cleaned when you have diabetes. This prevents dangerous infections from ingrown toenails. When you do cut your nails, do so straight across. Don’t try curbing them or cutting the corners and cuticles. Have a loved one help you with your nails if you can’t reach them yourself. 
 
Washing Your Feet
Be extra cautious when washing your feet. Always wash them with lukewarm water, taking care to dry them carefully after. Use a soft washcloth or sponge to avoid injury. You should moisture them after they are dry, just avoid applying lotion between the toes. 
 
Talk to Your Podiatrist
It’s important to stay in contact with your podiatrist with regular appointments. They work with you to manage your diabetic symptoms in your feet. Remember to practice foot care every day to stay safe.