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Diabetic feet need special care because of decreased circulation, neuropathy, joint deterioration, and more. While your primary care physician may guide you on blood sugar control, medications, a healthy diet, and active lifestyle, your podiatrist assesses and treats how your feet and ankles function everyday and for the long term. Enlist their help in the health maintenance of your diabetic feet.
Keeping ahead of neuropathy and avoiding amputation
Those are two key goals of diabetic foot care. Your podiatrist will want to see you regularly to assess the color, temperature, sensation, function, and shape of your feet and ankles, noting any developing problems. Early detection of circulation issues, nerve degeneration (neuropathy), and deformities, such as hammertoes, bunions, and Charcot Foot, are key.
Your podiatric foot examination will include an eye-on inspection of your skin (color, temperature, texture, and integrity). Your foot doctor also may perform gait analysis to watch for changes in how you walk. Sometimes a podiatrist orders X-ray imaging or an MRI to view the internal structure of the foot and/or ankle.
Remember, that foot ulcers are the primary threat to the overall health and well-being of the diabetic, says the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Untreated, they may lead to complications so severe amputation is the only option.
What can you do to treat your diabetic feet?
- Be proactive. Inspect your feet daily, looking redness or skin breakdown.
- Wash and dry your feet daily.
- Trim your toenails carefully using a clean clippers. Trim straight across and not too short to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Wear shoes at all times--even indoors--to avoid injury.
- Wear clean, well-fitting, moisture-wicking socks.
- Keep your weight and blood sugars within normal range.
- Get in-office treatment of calluses and corns, says the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
- Avoid all forms of tobacco.
- Report any changes to your foot doctor as soon as possible.
- See your podiatrist every six months or as he or she directs.
Healthy feet and a healthy you
Podiatric health is so important, but especially to the diabetic. So stay in touch with your foot doctor, and be routinized in your foot care for better long-term health.
When you hurt your feet and ankle your first instinct may be to call your general practitioner. This of course, is a good starting point, but a general practitioner is not a foot and ankle specialist. A podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont or Dr. Krahn from Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC are the experts regarding foot and ankle health. Their office is conveniently located in Chandler, Arizona. Over their many years of practice they have seen hundreds of feet. They have seen diabetic feet, athletic feet, flat feet, high arched feet, feet with warts, feet with corns, and many other conditions and ailments. Many people wonder, what exactly does a podiatrist do? Well there is a myriad of services they provide in their daily role as podiatrists.
What Podiatrists Do
- Review patient’s history – Did you know your foot and ankle problems can result from a life time of use? Other times, certain events or past illnesses will help determine why your feet are feeling tired, achy, and inflamed. When Dr. Krahn and Dr. Discont meet with you, they will get a full medical history so that they can properly examine, diagnosis, and treat any ailment that may be presented to them.
- Examine Your Shoes – If you thought staring at your feet wasn’t enough, then just wait until they critique your shoes. Podiatrists know which shoes fit best for you and your feet. After they figure out what kind of arch you have and the size of your foot, they can then recommend a shoe that will be best fit and support your foot and ankle. These shoes will help you stay on your feet longer and prevent issue in the future.
- Prescribe medicine for treatment – Is your athletes foot itching like mad? Have you tried every over the counter option there is to no avail? Look no further! Call 480-732-0033 today and make an appointment to see our staff! Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn can prescribe you the right medication to get your athletes foot under control, as well as treat and prescribe medications for other disorders as well.
- Give a referral – If Dr. Discont and Dr. Krahn have examined you and feel that a different type of specialist would assist you better, they are able to provide you with a referral to get the treatment you need with a doctor they recommend.
If you have hurt your foot or ankle and were contemplating calling your regular physician, think again! Call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC today or make an appointment online. Our staff is here to help!
Taking care of your diabetic feet is of utmost importance in making sure that you stay healthy. Avoid going barefoot and always wear shoes. Walking barefoot as a diabetic patient can lead to an increased risk of injury. Routine foot exams should be conducted daily to check for any wounds, small or large, as if they are left untreated they can lead to further complications. When choosing footwear, make sure that your shoes are comfortable and properly-fitting. Avoid tight-fitting or point shoes such as high heels. Do not use hot or cold packs on any foot injury as this can increase your risk of skin injury or infection. Avoid sitting cross-legged for long periods of time as this can impair blood flow in the legs. Maintain proper foot hygiene by cleaning and your feet daily, making sure to dry thoroughly. Trim your toenails straight across so as to avoid infection.
Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, contact Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your foot and ankle needs.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.
It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.