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By Dr. Philip S. Pinsker
August 26, 2015
Category: Diabetes
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Patients with diabetes have a significantly higher risk for foot problems. This is because diabetes negatively affects two key systems in the body, the nervous system and the circulatory system. Nerve damage leads to a decreased sensation in the foot which means that the ability to sense pain, heat, and cold are lessened. An injury to the foot can become quite serious before it actually causes pain or discomfort. Also, due to decreased circulation, if an injury does occur it is much slower to heal because of less blood flow to the injured area. Dr. Philip S. Pinsker strongly believes that your podiatrist plays a key role in your diabetes management and that preventative care and early intervention can help you avoid serious complications, as well as increase the quality of life.

Taking a Proactive Role

You have the ability to greatly enhance your foot health. Follow these tips for preventing diabetic foot problems:

  • First and foremost, make thoroughly inspecting your feet part of your daily routine. Report any changes, however minor they may seem, to your foot doctor. These include cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, numbness, or pain.
  • Wash feet everyday with soap and water and dry completely.
  • Moisturize your feet with lotion but don’t put any between your toes—this increases your risk of a fungal infection.
  • Keep feet warm and dry; change socks if they become damp or get wet.
  • Choose footwear wisely. Avoid pointy-toed shoes and high heels, as well as any shoes that rub or put pressure on the foot. If you notice a blister, callus, or corn forming, let your podiatrist know immediately.
  • Trim toenails straight across and avoid cutting the corners to prevent ingrown toenails.

If you have diabetes, call our Washington, PA office at (724) 225-7410 or use our online scheduler to set up an evaluation and let our experienced staff help you set up a preventive care routine today that will help protect your feet for years to come.

 

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