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Diabetics must pay close attention to their feet and ankles. Unfortunately, diabetes compromises peripheral circulation and damages the nerves in the lower extremities, reducing sensation and function. Diabetes also increases the chance of infection and drastically slows wound healing. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Adam Lowy, and Dr. Marc Goldberg promote proper diabetic foot care at home and offer the finest in-office diagnoses and treatments in the Camp Springs/Clinton area.
Diabetes and your feet
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 100 million Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes. This condition affects blood glucose levels and increases the chances of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and a host of other serious health conditions.
As high blood sugars diminish micro-circulation in the feet, cause tingling, reduce sensations (neuropathy), and lower the immune system, diabetics have special foot care needs. At Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, Clinton podiatrists promote a sensible, ordered care plan to keep diabetics free of:
- Impaired sensation and functionality
- Limb loss
In addition, they ask their patients to have routine diabetic foot checks at the office. Professional vigilance catches problems the patient may not perceive and starts treatment as soon as possible to keep them from progressing.
An at-home care plan
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons recommends these straightforward ways to help diabetics to keep their feet healthy. They include:
- Daily inspection of the feet for bruising, redness, cuts, or sores
- Daily washing of feet with warm water and mild soap
- Moisturizing to reduce dryness and cracking
- Clipping toenails straight across with clean clippers (to avoid infection and ingrown toenails)
- Smoking cessation (tobacco compromises micro-circulation)
- Wearing supportive footwear (even indoors)
- Changing socks daily or whenever they are sweaty
- Alternating pairs of shoes
- Getting regular podiatric examinations
- Controlling blood sugar levels
- Reporting any problems or concerns to your foot doctor right away
- Never removing corns or calluses at home
- Daily exercise (simple walking or swimming works well)
Healthy feet for all
Whether you have diabetes or no serious systemic health issue, get routine podiatric examinations at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. We have 4 offices to serve you in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD.
Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet. This can be problematic for many individuals, which is why your Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy, are here to help with your foot care.
Diabetes is when there are high levels of sugar in the blood. This chronic disease affects your body's ability to fight infections, especially when it comes to your feet. Diabetics need to take special care of their feet, a small cut may result in serious foot issues like nerve damage.
Foot Care Advice from your Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD Podiatrists:
- Inspect your feet daily to check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems
- Go to your podiatrist to treat corns, or calluses
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them daily
- If your feet get cold at night, wear socks, avoid heating pads
- Shake out your shoes and feel the inside before wearing to avoid cutting your foot on a pebble
- Take care of your diabetes and keep your blood sugar levels under control
- Don’t smoke since it restricts blood flow in your feet
- Get periodic foot exams
- Seeing your foot and ankle surgeon regularly can help prevent diabetic foot complication
- Cut nails straight across and file the edges
- Don’t cut nails too short though
- Avoid tight elastic bands that reduce blood circulation
- Avoid washing feet with hot water, so use lukewarm water
- Keep your feet clean by washing them daily
- Moisturize your feet to prevent dry skin from itching or cracking
Diabetes can cause serious issues. If you have any questions or concerns about diabetes, you should contact your Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrist, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy today.
Find out why the health of your feet is so vital when you have diabetes.
Those with diabetes know all too well about the importance of keeping blood sugar levels in check. If blood sugar levels are too high for too long this can lead to issues such as nerve damage, infection, poor circulation and other serious conditions that can greatly impact the health of your feet. Our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy are here to tell you what you can do maintain healthy feet if you have diabetes.
Perform Daily Self-Exams on Your Feet
How will you know that you are experiencing issues with your feet if you never take the time to look them over? It’s important that you are keeping an eye on your feet everyday to look for any warning signs such as blisters, redness, swelling or areas that are tender to the touch, as these symptoms and problems can quickly turn serious if they aren’t properly cared for. It only takes a couple of minutes to perform these self-exams but they could just end up protecting your feet from severe issues.
Keep Feet Clean
It’s important that you wash your feet every day in order to remove bacteria that could lead to infection. This means using soap and lukewarm and washing all areas of your feet, including between your toes water (you will want to first test the water with your elbow if you have any nerve damage in your feet to prevent burning yourself). After a thorough washing, make sure to also thoroughly dry your feet and use a moisturizer to prevent cracking and dryness.
Know When to See a Doctor
It’s important that you are maintaining strong communication between yourself, your doctor and your foot doctor in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, to make sure you are getting comprehensive care whenever you need it. Maintaining optimal blood sugar levels is the most important thing you can do not just to keep your diabetes in check but also to protect yourself from health complications. And if you notice any sores, cuts, redness, swelling or calluses on your feet it’s important to give us a call as soon as possible.
Wear Shoes and Socks at All Times
It might be tempting to take your shoes off, especially if you are in the comfort of your own home, but it’s important that you have protective footwear on at all times. This is particularly important if you have any issues with circulation or nerve damage in your feet, as you won’t always be able to feel when you have stepped on something or cut yourself, which can quickly turn into an infection. Play it safe and wear shoes and socks everyday, no matter if you are inside or outside.
Don’t let diabetes affect your quality of life or your foot health. If you are dealing with any changes in your feet it’s important that you have foot care specialists that you can turn to for immediate medical attention. If you are looking for comprehensive foot and ankle care in the Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, areas then call Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland today.
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.
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.