If you got a cut on your finger and started to bleed, would you ignore it or would you immediately clean the wound and secure it with a band aid? Of course, the answer is simple - you would use your judgment and stop your finger from bleeding and help it heal. Similarly, foot problems should also not be ignored and treated immediately. Although the foot is the furthest away from your heart, it is one of the most vital parts of your body. Poor circulation and nerve damage can cause many illnesses and ailments. Foot pain, swelling, tingling, redness, cuts and sores are all symptoms that something is not right internally and is signaling you to seek medical advice.
People who suffer from diabetes are more at risk when it comes to foot problems such as foot ulcers and damage to the feet.
What is a foot ulcer?
A foot ulcer is an open cut or wound on the foot. It can appear on the surface of the skin or it can be deep within the skin.
How to prevent foot ulcers
The ways to prevent complications such as foot ulcers include:
- Routine exercise and physical activity
- Diet management – Follow a diet for diabetes
- Monitoring your blood sugar levels
- Taking your prescribed medication
Caring for foot ulcers
- Examine your feet daily to notice changes. Look for any blisters, scrapes, cuts, or redness.
- Wash your feet daily with mild cleanser or soap.
- Exfoliate them gently with a scrub or foot brush.
- Dry them thoroughly.
- Moisturize your feet.
- Trim your nails.
- Wear slippers at home or socks and avoid being barefoot.
- Wear shoes that fit properly when you are outside.
Avoid getting pedicures at salons or spas. Getting your calluses scraped or shaved off is not advised and salon/spa tools all carry the risk of infection. They may or may not be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
Go for routine physical examinations with your doctor and start seeing a board certified podiatrist if you notice open sores or blisters on your feet. You shouldn’t ignore your foot problems just because only one part of your body is being affected.
Dr. Paul S. DeMarco is a board certified podiatrist located in Somers Point, New Jersey and has been treating diabetics with foot problems such as foot ulcers with the most individualized care. He can expertly treat you before conditions worsen.
Dr. Paul S. DeMarco and his wonderful staff can examine you and detect early stages of foot disease.
Call us today at (609) 927-4894 or contact us online to secure an appointment. We look forward to helping you and your feet!