Foot care is particularly important if you have diabetes. Although you might not have paid much attention to the condition of your feet before your diagnosis, ignoring even subtle changes can put your health in jeopardy. Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Michael Frank, and Dr. Adam Lowy of Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton and Kensington, MD, discuss the importance of diabetic foot care and share a few tips that will help you protect your feet.
How does diabetes affect my feet?
High blood sugar levels slow healing throughout your body, including your feet. As a result, even a minor foot condition, such as a burst blister, can quickly become infected. Compounding the problem is a lack of sensation in the feet, a symptom that may also occur due to high blood sugar levels. When your feet are numb, it's impossible to tell that your shoes are rubbing uncomfortably against your feet or that you cut your foot on a pebble.
How can I keep my feet in good condition?
Daily foot examinations offer a simple way to avoid infections. The self-exams only take a few minutes of your time but can help you spot problems, such as reddened areas of skin, blisters, ingrown toenails, calluses, red streaks, cold or hot sensations in your feet, or white, blue or black skin. If you notice any concerning changes to your feet, call our Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton or Kensington office immediately.
Wearing shoes at all times is a good idea if you have diabetes. Choose roomy shoes that cushion your feet but don't rub against them. Orthotics may be recommended to prevent blisters. The shoe inserts are designed by your foot doctor and reposition your foot, reducing pressure.
There's no such thing as a minor foot problem if you have diabetes. Luckily a visit to one of our offices can help you avoid a serious infection.
Protect your feet with regular self-exams and visits to the foot doctor at the first sign of trouble. Schedule an appointment with podiatrists Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Frank, and Dr. Lowy by calling (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring, MD, office, (301) 924-5044 for the Olney office, (301) 868-7670 for the Clinton office and (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington office.