If someone has diabetes, it impacts their peripheral circulation, nerve sensation and ability to heal. Feet and ankles are prone to serious wounds and infections-- through injury and prolonged periods of high blood sugar levels. The American Diabetes Association encourages people with Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes to pay close attention to their feet through a daily self-care routine. Your podiatrists at New England Podiatry in Boston, MA, avidly support this philosophy. Read here about how people with diabetes can have healthy, mobile feet.
You only have two feet
And, you need to keep them functional, pain-free and strong. If you are diabetic, your Boston, MA, podiatrists ask that you come to New England Podiatry at least twice a year, or as the need arises, for comprehensive foot examinations which will assess any deformities, skin issues, gait problems and existing or developing sores or pressure points. Preventive care from a highly trained foot doctor wards off deep ulcers, Charcot arthropathy (a deformity affecting the ankle), hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, bunions and other deformities.
Common sense strategies
Simply looking at your feet daily allows you to see changes which could develop into big problems if ignored or unnoticed. Watch for any redness, swelling, blisters or skin irritations from pressure created by ill-fitting shoes or poor gait. When you have your shoes and socks off, be sure to:
- Bathe your feet daily with warm water and mild soap.
- Moisturize your feet to avoid dry skin.
- Change your socks daily, and make sure they fit smoothly.
- Put on well-fitting shoes with good support and ample room for the toes to move.
- Note any corns or calluses, but do not treat them at home. Tell your Boston, MA, podiatrist.
- Always wear shoes outdoors to avoid injury.
Additionally, daily exercise as tolerated improves circulation and range of motion in the joints of the foot and ankle. If you smoke, please seek out a smoking cessation program with your primary care physician because cigarettes impair peripheral circulation, a condition which even non-smoking diabetics may struggle with.
Receive the best podiatric care
When you come to New England Podiatry, you'll receive thorough, compassionate care for your feet and ankles. You can reduce your risk of diabetic complications. For your routine examination, please contact either one of our convenient locations. In Chestnut Hill, call (617) 232-1752, and for the Newton-Wellesley Hospital office, phone (617) 630-8280.