If you are one of the millions of Americans with diabetes, you might already know that you are at risk of diabetic neuropathy, a condition that causes poor blood flow to the legs and increases the risk of potentially serious infections/complications to the feet. These issues can then make it much harder for someone with diabetes to heal from common issues like ingrown toenails, athlete's foot, and even simple blisters. Decreased blood flow and nerve damage can also make it harder for a diabetic person to notice or feel symptoms right away, increasing the risk of infection and complications. Consequently, Dr. Jeffrey Belancio, your foot doctor at South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists in Vineland, NJ, recommends that diabetic patients see a podiatrist on a regular basis to maintain optimal health and avoid serious issues. Read on to learn more.
Diabetic Foot Care From our Vineland Office
Most people take commonplace and everyday activities like trimming their toenails or going barefoot for granted. However, when you have diabetes, even something as simple as wearing too-tight shoes or pulling a hangnail can lead to potentially serious complications.
How to Keep Your Feet Healthy if You Have Diabetes
Staying on top of your overall health and keeping your blood sugar at a stable, healthy level are two of the most important thing you can do as a diabetes patient. When it comes to foot care, there are also a few simple precautions that you can take to lower your risk of infections and complications:
- Keep toenails trim, cutting straight across and avoiding rough or jagged edges
- Keep your feet clean and dry, and do not apply lotion between the toes
- Wear supportive shoes and avoid walking in your bare feet, especially on hot surfaces or in public spaces like locker rooms or pools
- Use warm water when washing your feet
- Perform regular self-checks for any signs of a problem
- Never "pop" blisters or pick at dead skin
- See a foot doctor for regular check-ups and maintenance
Find a Foot Doctor in Vineland, NJ
For more information about diabetic foot care and how to protect yourself from complications, contact South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists today by calling (856) 839-0579 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Belancio.