Posts for tag: Diabetic Foot Care
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.
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,
- Corns and calluses
- 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.