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Checking the Bottom of the Feet for Diabetic Patients

The importance of practicing everyday foot care is crucial for people who have diabetes. This can begin by washing and drying the feet thoroughly, followed by inspecting the bottom of the feet by using a mirror. If a family member or caregiver is available, they can also help with this. Neuropathy is a common condition for diabetic patients to develop and this is a nerve disorder that causes the inability to feel existing cuts or scrapes on the feet. If these cuts do not receive the prompt medical attention they need, they can become infected and ultimately lead to a diabetic foot ulcer. It is beneficial to properly trim the toenails weekly as this may help to prevent a painful ingrown toenail from developing. Additionally, it is suggested that diabetic patients always wear shoes and socks as well as frequently elevate the legs to help increase circulation. Diabetic patients are urged to be under the care of a podiatrist who can treat and manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Shawn Echard, DPM from Laurel Podiatry LLC. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Greensburg Somerset and Mount Pleasant, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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