Special foot care is required for diabetic patients. Our Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton, MD podiatrist, Dr. Marc Goldberg, specializes in treating various foot problems for diabetes patients. Diabetes reduces circulation, which hinders healing. This makes the importance of seeing a podiatrist for minor cuts and wound care that much more important.
About Special Foot Care for Diabetics
A serious cut or wound can go undetected on a diabetic’s foot because of damage to the nerves. A lot of patients won’t even notice their foot is injured until an infection starts. Most diabetic foot issues can be prevented with improved blood sugar control, which leads to a stronger immune system. Regular foot examinations by Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton podiatrist can help prevent serious infections or the need for amputations.
If you’re one of the millions affected by diabetes, it’s important to maintain healthy feet and a strong body. It’s important to keep the feet dry and away from heat. Avoid sitting cross-legged as it reduces blood flow to the feet. Also, never use antiseptic solutions or over the counter treatments for corns or calluses. Wash the feet daily with soap and warm water and dry them completely before putting them in loose, cotton socks.
Always wear proper-fitting shoes with support and plenty of room for the toes. Wear clean, dry socks every day. Never wear open-toed shoes outdoors. Be sure to file the toes straight across to eliminate the risk of an ingrown nail, which can lead to infection too. If you experience an injury to your foot, it’s imperative you seek professional help as soon as possible. This can be an emergency for a diabetic patient. For more information on diabetic foot care contact Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland by calling 301-924-5044 for Olney, 301-439-0300 for Silver Spring, 301-868-7670 for Clinton, and 301-942-8110 for Kensington.