Diabetes affects roughly 10% of the United States population and is becoming a very serious problem. The affects of diabetes are not readily noticeable but can lead to serious complications if left unchecked. One of the most common complications is neuropathy, or the inability to feel sensation in your feet. The inability to feel discomfort due to diabetes can lead to pressure buildup that leads to infected wounds that cannot heal without the help of a specialist.
Ulcerations can lead to very serious complications that can include loss of a limb or even your life! Your podiatrist can help educate and prevent potential complications before they lead to serious complications and amputation. A podiatrist is certified in the latest wound care technology and reconstructive surgery, he or she can also instruct and give the proper footwear to all diabetics.
There are many things you can do at home to prevent possible complications:
- Keep your blood sugar down. The better your blood sugar is, the less likely you will develop poor circulation or neuropathy
- Clean and inspect your feet daily
- Do not cut your nails, please go to a podiatrist regularly for that
- Keep your floors free of sharp objects.
- Wear proper footwear in the house, do not go barefoot
A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. In the case of diabetic foot care it is always good to get it detected and dealt with before it affects your quality of life. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.