Diabetes is a global epidemic killing more people worldwide than any other disease. It’s called the ‘silent killer’ because the early symptoms are easy to miss. According to the data as per the National Diabetes Statistics Report (2017), diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S in 2015. The number of people affected with diabetes has surpassed 30 million as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Diabetic foot problems as a major diabetic complication is often overlooked.
At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we know how diabetic patients require special foot care and treatment. Timely care and correct treatment can avert major complications for diabetic patients.
Here are some key tips you should be aware of to help keep your diabetic feet in check.
Conduct a daily visual Inspection. It’s crucial to pay close attention to your feet in order to avoid any serious complication. Be on the lookout for anything unusual such as cuts, calluses, bruises and other injuries. Place a mirror on the floor to check the bottom of your feet. Seek the advice of a foot care professional if you notice anything strange to ensure proper foot health.
Clean/wash your feet daily. Wash your feet daily with soap and lukewarm water, and dry them using a towel, especially between the toes.
Don’t go barefoot. Always have some protection or cushioning around your feet to avoid bacteria or sharp objects from getting close to your feet.
Wear proper socks and shoes. Be sure to wear proper socks that don’t allow the sweat to settle. Always wear socks with your shoes. Wear properly fitted shoes or special diabetic shoes in order to prevent corns, callus and blisters.
Trimming your toenails. Always cut them straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. If you have poor circulation in your feet, ask someone to trim them for you.
You are less likely to have any foot complications if you manage your blood sugar and your foot care regimen. You should have your feet examined by a podiatrist at least once a year, even if your sugar levels are well controlled.
If you or your loved ones are suffering from diabetic foot, come to visit Paul S. DeMarco, DPM at Somers Point, New Jersey. You can contact our office at (609) 927-4894 to schedule an appointment. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco can help you with all your foot and ankle conditions.