Diabetics can have many health issues, one which involves their feet. For this reason, they must pay close attention to their feet and observe the proactive tips referenced herein to prevent serious complications. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can treat and provide diabetics with instructions for taking care of their feet at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. Our Patient Education library is another resource for learning more about foot and ankle conditions.
Those with Diabetic Feet have a high risk of having severe foot complications and must make sure to constantly check their feet for anything out of the normal. Minor wounds may become severe issues. Also, diabetics could have a lowered blood flow, making it hard for wounds to heal and increasing the chances of contracting infections.
Diabetics should inspect their feet daily for puncture wounds, bruises, blisters, ulcers or toenail complications. As for taking care of feet, diabetics should wash their feet every day with soap, keep their dry feet, trim toe nails in a straight line, keep feet warm, wear appropriate
shoes (avoiding narrow toe boxes), avoid high-heels and wear clean and dry socks. Diabetics should also watch out for ulcers because they can become infected easily.
Treatment from medical professionals is also of great importance. Doctors can provide diabetics with boots to support the foot until any swelling subsides or wounds heal. When foot deformities become too overbearing, surgery may become necessary; however, recovery times can vary and take longer than usual due to the reduced blood flow. Medical professionals may also be able to spot other diseases or vitamin deficiencies as their special training allows them to catch a problem before it becomes severe.
Please contact us right away to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to take care of your diabetic feet.