If you’re a patient living with diabetes, then you already know that the condition is very common and completely manageable as long as you adhere to special health practices. One of the most important routines you’ll have to adopt is a diabetic foot wound and ulcer avoidance routine. Avoiding wounds is highly important because as a diabetic, your ability to fight off infection is limited. In this blog, we’ll talk about the different ways you can avoid wounds and continue doing all the activities you love for years to come.
Listen to Your Feet
The idea of listening to your feet may seem strange, but it helps prevent wounds. We’re often told to ignore foot pain and discomfort but doing so could lead to a serious wound. Producing pain and discomfort is our bodies’ way of letting us know that something isn’t right. Look out for some of these wound warning signs:
- Numb or hot points on your foot
- Excessive sweating
- A foreign object (i.e. a rock or small stick) in your shoe
Watch Your Step
Correcting an abnormal gait or stride can also help you prevent wounds. A lot of us don’t pay attention to the way we step, but an inefficient walking pattern causes excess friction that puts your feet at risk. To walk better, talk to your podiatrist about foot orthotics. Orthotics are custom insoles that support the unique shape of your foot, providing a uniform shape that reduces pain points with every step.
Find a Podiatrist
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and don’t yet have a podiatrist that you see regularly, now is the time to do so. At Gentle Touch Foot Care, Bruce Theall, DPM, and Emad Youssef, DPM, and the rest of our friendly staff are ready to perform a diabetic foot examination today and put you on a path to avoid wounds for good. Visit our office in East Orange, NJ, by making an appointment online or calling (973) 673-3668.