If you’ve been diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) you are probably aware of the fact that this disease can seriously impact circulation in your legs and feet. As cholesterol and other material (known as plaque) stick to the walls of your arteries, they cause the opening to narrow, which prevents normal blood flow. This in turn slows the healing process, causing even minor foot issues like ingrown toenails or fungal infections to become major health threats. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM, we want to help patients with PAD avoid serious complications. You should schedule regular checkups with our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco.
In addition, observe the precautions below to reduce your risk:
- Check your feet daily for sores, bruises, cuts, rashes, blisters, calluses, ingrown toenails, redness, swelling, corns or any other signs of injuryor infection. The sooner any of these are noticed, the easier it will be to treat them and prevent them from turning into an open wound or ulcer.
- Practice good hygiene by washing your feet with soap and warm (not hot) water every day. Be sure to dry your feet and toes (and the space between your toes) completely too.
- Keep skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and applying moisturizer to your feet each night before bed.
- If your feet tend to sweat excessively, use a foot powder to help keep them dry.
- Keep toenails trimmed straight across and smooth. Don’t round the edges or cut nails too short to help prevent ingrown toenails from forming.
- Don’t walk barefoot, even when you are inside your own home to reduce the risk of cuts and puncture injuries.
- Choose shoes that fit properly (get professionally measured) and check the insides of shoes to be sure there are no rough seams or loose material that rubs on your feet.
If you have PAD and find anything abnormal on your feet or are experiencing any pain or other unusual sensations such as burning, itchy, numbness or tingling in your legs, toes or feet contactour Cape May County office in Somers Point as soon as possible for an appointment by calling: (609) 927-4894.