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Once a day keeps the doctor away. That’s what they say about eating apples, but it’s true about daily diabetic foot inspections, too! When you have diabetes, you are more susceptible to foot problems, and if they’re not caught early, those problems can turn into serious complications. You should visit your podiatrist on a regular basis, but we don’t want you to endure unnecessary visits any more than you do! We’d rather help you live a full and active life. That’s why Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. recommends incorporating self-foot exams into your daily routine. That way, any problems you find can be addressed quickly, before they become serious and involve extended care. So grab your foot, a hand mirror, or even a friend, and let the inspections begin. Here’s what to look for:
Discoloration - redness can be a sign of shoe irritation. Black or blue can mean blood flow problems or bruising.
Blisters - another sign that your shoes are rubbing you the wrong way. Cover it with a bandage to prevent it from breaking, and switch to more comfy shoes.
Breaks in the Skin - any abrasions can quickly become infected. Wash with mild soap, blot dry, and apply a dressing. Call your podiatrist at the first sign of redness, swelling or drainage.
Rash - peeling, itching skin can mean a fungal infection like athlete’s foot. Seek treatment immediately.
Numbness - this is a sign of possible nerve damage. Be sure to notify your podiatrist.
Sores (Ulcers) - open sores are like open doors to dangerous infections. Seek help right away before it becomes severe.
Ingrown Toenails - again, this is an invitation for infection and should be treated by a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Knowing what to look for can make the difference between spending time doing the things you love and spending it in the hospital. So make a daily diabetic foot inspection a regular part of your life. Contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. at (302) 355-0056 for more information, or stop by one of our convenient locations in Glasgow, Newark, and Wilmington, DE.
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Finally, warmer weather has arrived! Before you kick off your shoes and head to the beach, remember, diabetes and bare feet are not a good combination.
If you’re walking barefoot, even the slightest stub of the toe can lead to a foot ulcer, and if you have diabetes, this can mean big trouble. Peripheral neuropathy, which occurs due to nerve damage, can lessen pain sensation so you may not even know if you are damaging your feet. That means cuts and abrasions could go undetected, and with loss of blood flow being common with this disease, the wound may not heal before an infection sets in.
What does that mean for your next beach excursion? Unfortunately, walking on the beach barefoot is definitely a bad idea. Just think of all the hazards such as seashells, glass, and other debris, that can cut your skin and cause possible infections.
Another danger with diabetes and bare feet is hot black top. Even if you’re just hurrying across the parking lot without shoes, you can obtain severe burns that can lead to infection.
What’s the bottom line? To prevent serious problems, diabetics should never walk bare foot—not even indoors. So whether you’re planning to attend a Memorial Day picnic, to enjoy a day at the beach, or to hang out around the house, make sure you wear proper fitting shoes this summer. Your feet will thank you for it!
Learn more about diabetic foot care by contacting Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro, Jr. at (302) 355-0056, or by visiting one of the three convenient locations of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center, Inc. We are located in Newark, Glasgow, and Wilmington, DE.
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