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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC Rebecca A. Pinsker
November 08, 2017
Category: Diabetic Foot Care

The American Diabetes Association reports that over 30 million adults have diabetes and an additional 1.5 million Americans are being diagnosed each year.  If you have diabetes the disease plays a big role in the health of your feet. November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM want to offer the following tips to help prevent foot problems that can occur as a result of neuropathy, poor circulation and other conditions commonly associated with the disease. A primary goal is to prevent infections, wounds and ulcers which can be difficult to heal. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Practice good daily hygiene. Wash your feet with warm (not hot) water and a mild soap.
  2. Trim toenails. Cut toenails straight with no curved edges that could grow into the skin surrounding the nail bed and form an ingrown toenail.
  3. Moisturize regularly. Use a rich, emollient lotion or cream to prevent skin from drying, flaking and cracking.
  4. Keep feet dry. Excessive dampness can lead to a fungal infection. Be sure to change your socks whenever they feel damp, dry feet completely after washing and use a foot powder to control perspiration.
  5. Choose shoes wisely. Your shoes should not squeeze, pinch or rub anywhere on your feet. Check the insides of shoes to make sure there is no frayed stitching or rough spots in the material. Friction between footwear and you skin can lead to blisters or sores.
  6. Don’t smoke. It impedes your circulation.

7.Follow all your doctor’s instructions to keep your blood sugar at safe levels. Keeping your diabetes under control is one of the best ways to protect your feet and the rest of your body.

  1. Inspect your feet daily. If you notice any discoloration, bruising, swelling, redness, streaks, lumps or other changes in the appearance of your feet contact our Washington office immediately by calling: (724) 225-7410.

If you have diabetes, regular checkups should be part of your care regimen. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will be a partner in managing and monitoring the disease to be sure that it does not have a negative impact on the health of your feet.

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