Don’t Ignore Foot Sores
You stubbed your toe on the bedpost this morning, and after hopping around and saying a few choice words, you look at it. If the skin is broken, you need to take care of it promptly, especially if you have diabetes. People with this disease are 10 times more likely to lose a toe or foot to amputation than others who are injured, and it can all start with a “little” foot sore.
Injuries Are More Serious for Diabetic Patients
Two complications of this disease make it hard to deal with foot injuries. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels often lead to a condition called neuropathy, where the nerves in your legs and feet are damaged and do not work properly. If the nerves don’t send signals to your brain, you don’t feel pain and may not even know that you are injured. Those with diabetes may also suffer from poor blood circulation. Without a good blood supply to your feet, injuries will take longer to heal. A tiny break in the skin can become a large ulcer that is hard to treat. If infection sets in, it could lead to gangrene and possibly require amputation. The specialists at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates don’t want that to happen to you!
You Can Prevent Foot Ulcers
Here are some tips to keep your feet from developing ulcers:
- Check your feet every day, not just when you happen to bump or injure them somehow. If you notice any breaks in the skin, redness, or swelling, address the problem right away.
- Wash your feet each day and dry them well, especially between your toes. A little cornstarch in these spaces will help keep them dry, and moisturizer on the tops and bottoms will soften your skin so it doesn’t crack.
- Use only pumice stone to gently rub calluses – don’t try to cut them. Trim your toenails carefully, straight across and not too short, to avoid infections near the nail. Be especially careful if you visit a nail salon; many people have picked up infections from equipment that was not disinfected properly.
- Don’t walk barefoot, but on the other hand, choose your shoes carefully. They should fit your feet, instead of making your feet try to fit into tight toes or high heels. Wear clean socks every day as well. The goal of footwear is to protect your feet from injury.
- Don’t smoke – it constricts blood flow and reduces the supply of oxygen in the blood. Practice other healthy habits, like eating a proper diet, exercising several times a week, monitoring your blood glucose level daily, and getting regular health check-ups.
How to Treat a Foot Ulcer
Your feet take a beating each day and are vulnerable to injury. Check your feet daily to ensure their good health. If you do find a sore, put some antibiotic cream on it, cover it with gauze, keep pressure off the area, and come and see us at Aadvanced Foot Care Associates right away. Our podiatrists have over 100 years of combined experience in treating all types of foot injuries, and we want to make sure your feet heal quickly. We have offices in Rego Park, Flushing, and Plainview, NY. Call us at (718) 896-4433, (516) 822-9595, or (718) 969-2266, or you can request an appointment online.