Diabetes and Your Feet
Foot care for diabetics is of the utmost importance. When a person has diabetes healing can take longer and there is an increase risk of infections and complications.
What is a diabetic foot ulcer? A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound on the foot that may develop an infection and has difficulty healing. Diabetic ulcers develop due to many factors including a lack of feeling, poor circulation, foot deformities such as hammertoes, bunions and tight fitting shoes.
Diabetics develop neuropathy (decreased ability to feel pain) therefore minor irritations and sores may go undetected and develop into a more complicated wound or ulceration.
Diabetics may develop Peripheral Vascular Disease (P.A.D.) which may delay and may even prevent a wound from healing.
Blood Glucose Levels. There is a direct correlation between blood glucose levels and wound healing. When blood glucose levels are high the body has difficulty fighting infections and healing.
These are some prevention strategies to keep your feet healthy:
- Manage blood sugars
- Early treatment of minor sores and infections
- Proper Foot Care
- Washing and inspecting feet daily
- Avoid walking barefooted
- Wear comfortable shoe gear
- Keep all Doctor appointments and see your podiatrist routinely
- Proper nutrition
Diabetic Shoe Program
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the lives of about 16 million people in the United States. Proper foot care is an important part of diabetes management. People with diabetes are at a increased risk of serious foot conditions. Studies show that well fitted diabetic shoes and inserts can reduce the development of diabetic foot complications. Proper shoe gear and inserts not only help to cushion the foot but also to balance the foot and give proper support. As part of a comprehensive diabetic foot care approach we have a certified shoe fitter on staff who can advise you on the proper shoes for your foot type and measure you for a correct fit.
The Diabetic Shoe Program is available to Medicare participants who are diabetic and have a qualifying foot condition. If you have diabetes you may qualify for one pair of shoes and three pair of diabetic inserts per calendar year. We have many choices of shoes including SAS, New Balance, Orthofeet, Dr. Comfort and more. For further information or to set up an appointment for a consultation please call our office.
Each patient is evaluated individually and a customized treatment is then prescribed.