Diabetic Foot and Wound Care
A diabetes diagnosis has a big effect on your life. The disease can take a serious toll on your whole body, including in places you may not notice at first, like your feet. Left unchecked, diabetes can lead to serious, and potentially permanent problems for your lower limbs. Diabetic foot and wound care work to keep your lower limbs healthy and address complications like diabetic ulcers, so your feet stay strong and you maintain your mobility and independence.
The Impact of Diabetes
Diabetes causes problems with regulating blood sugar levels. Elevated and fluctuating blood sugars are dangerous as they are damaging and weakening nerves, blood vessels, bones, and even organs. In your lower limbs, the effects can contribute to multiple complications. Nerves with peripheral neuropathy may burn painfully and be unable to feel things correctly, leaving you vulnerable to injuries. Poor circulation allows injuries to evolve into diabetic ulcers, which have a high risk for potentially life-threatening infections. In extreme cases, feet can even collapse, which severely deforms the lower limbs.
The good news is that investing in diabetic foot care and treating wounds in their early stages can keep your feet healthy and prevent additional complications.
Daily Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetic foot care involves regular check-ups with podiatry specialists like our team at Aadvanced Footcare Associates, as well as daily foot care at home. The periodic foot check-ups allow experts to examine your lower limbs for changes you may not have noticed, and help your feet stay healthy and strong. Daily foot care at home means investing in diabetic self-exams as well as protecting your lower limbs through your footwear and lifestyle.
The foot self-exam is especially important: it checks your feet for tiny injuries that could become ulcers, as well as unusual changes that may signal other problems. This means looking for cuts, bruises, blisters, calluses, lumps, bumps, swollen spots, discoloration, cold or numb patches, and more. That way you can catch any change early and get it treated quickly. The inspection also gives you the opportunity to wash your feet and keep your nails trimmed to prevent infections and ingrown toenails.
Your footwear and lifestyle are just as important. You’ll need to wear supportive, cushioned footwear that doesn’t rub abnormally against your skin in any way. Orthotics or diabetic footwear may help with this if ordinary shoes are not enough. At the same time, eating well and exercising will be important. Food has a direct effect on diabetes, so choosing healthy options helps control the disease and its impact on the feet. Exercise boosts your circulation and helps keep your foot muscles and bones strong, which is important for preventing pain and injuries.
Dealing with Wounds
Even with the best preventative diabetic foot care at home, foot ulcers are still possible. If this happens, getting expert wound care will be absolutely crucial. At Aadvanced Footcare Associates, we will examine the wound to determine how deep it is and whether or not it’s infected, then move forward with treatments. This will involve cleaning the wound and addressing any infection. Then the wound will be carefully dressed to protect it and foster healing. You’ll need to avoid most weight on that foot until you’ve recovered. After that, you may need to take extra steps to prevent future ulcers.
Diabetes is a serious disease that impacts everything, but you can still live an active, healthy life when you take care of your feet. The right diabetic foot and wound care can help you prevent problems before they develop, and quickly deal with complications that do arise. If you have diabetes, make sure you have the best possible foot care. Our team at Aadvanced Footcare Associates is here to help. Contact our New York offices for more information or to request a consultation today. Just use the web request forms or call directly: (718) 896-4433 for Rego Park, (516) 822-9595 for Plainview, or (718) 969-2266 for Flushing.