We provide many valuable services here at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists, but one of the most important is diabetic foot care. Education and treatment are essential for keeping the lower limbs safe when an individual lives with diabetes.
Diabetes can affect the body in a variety of ways, but one that is easy to overlook is the role it has on the health of your feet - and their safety. When you stop and consider the fact that the lower appendages are furthest from the heart, it stands to reason that impaired circulation from this disease makes it difficult for the feet, and toes, to receive the nourishment they need.
Another condition often accompanying diabetes is peripheral neuropathy, which affects the ability for the body to feel pain and recognize when an injury has been sustained. Between these two factors, a diabetic individual can sustain a minor wound, be completely unaware of it, and not treat the issue. Given the body’s impaired circulatory and immune systems, the wound will continue to break down and create the risk of amputation.
Diabetic care is centered on prevention, as well as protection measures to reduce the risk of serious consequences that can arise due to diabetic foot ulcers. This means there are things you need to do when you live with diabetes, including:
- Performing a daily foot inspection – including tops, bottoms, and between the toes.
- Always wearing footwear, even at home.
- Keeping your feet dry to reduce the risk of an infection the body has a diminished ability to fight.
- Moisturizing to prevent cracks and fissures that could lead to infection.
- Managing your glucose levels.
- Keeping your toenails trimmed properly.
- Planning a physical activity program with your physician or our professionals.
Contact us today by calling (480) 963-9000 or take advantage of our online form to schedule your appointment.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of diabetic foot care in keeping you safe, healthy, and reducing the risk of needing a potential amputation. Make sure to come in and see us here at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists for all of your foot care needs, especially when you live with diabetes. Our team of medical specialists can help you create a foot care plan and provide the treatment you need to prevent diabetic foot ulcers from developing.