It’s a New Year and time to put some new habits in place for a healthier you. At Gentle Professional Foot Care we want all of our patients to be proactive in the care of their feet. Patients with diabetes have special concerns and needs. Diabetes can cause poor circulation, neuropathy (nerve damage) and a weakened immune system—all of which can lead to serious medical problems such as injuries and infections and sores that are very slow to heal. The good news is that you can do quite a bit to prevent foot problems from developing:
· Start with an examination. Our foot and ankle doctor, Charles A. Suleskey, DPM, will want to evaluate your feet. He can test your circulation and also determine to what degree (if any) neuropathy has developed. Once these tests are completed, a custom treatment plan can be designed for you.
· Practice good hygiene. It’s especially important for patients with diabetes to be diligent in washing their feet daily with a mild soap and drying them completely, especially between the toes to avoid athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.
· Inspect feet regularly. While you’re washing your feet is a good time to look them over carefully. Any changes in color, shape, size or unusual lumps, growths, bruising or swelling should be reported to the foot doctor immediately as these can be the early signs of a developing problem.
· Wear proper shoes. You can help avoid blisters, bunions and calluses by choosing footwear made of soft materials with roomy toe boxes. Shoes should have no loose stitching or rough patches inside that can rub against the foot and cause irritation.
· Take care of toenails. Keep nails trimmed straight across and not too short. Do not round the edges as that could increase the risk of an ingrown nail.
By following these simple steps you can help keep your feet healthy the whole year through. If you have additional questions about how to care for your feet, contact our Venice office by calling: 941-493-7999.