If you are diabetic, you are much more likely to suffer nerve damage, circulation problems, and infections—all problems that directly affect the feet. With a lack of feeling and poor blood flow caused by poor diabetes management, a small blister or wound can develop into a serious infection that could lead to amputation. Nerve damage—also called neuropathy—can cause skin to dry out and crack, which opens up another avenue for bacteria and fungi to enter the body. With help from Dr. Speilfogel and Dr. Kleyner, our Brooklyn and Manhattan podiatrists, you can be on your way to preventing further complications.
To prevent diabetic complications, it’s important to be proactive rather than reactive. That means visiting our foot doctors in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York regularly, exercising, and eating a healthy and balanced diet. It also means paying special attention to your feet by inspecting them regularly.
Properly inspection of your feet should include the following:
- Search for puncture wounds, bruises, redness, blisters, ulcers, cuts, and/or scratches
- Examine the bottoms of your feet and toes
- Thoroughly wash your feet with soap and warm water
- Use lotion to keep feet soft
- Trim toenails regularly
- Smooth out corns and calluses
By completing preventive measures in Manhattan and Brooklyn for diabetic foot care, you can continue to ensure the health and safety of your feet.
Manhattan Diabetic Foot Care Essentials
Wearing proper fitting shoes is crucial in keeping your feet healthy—a poorly fitting shoe can lead to foot problems like corns, calluses or hammer toe. Try wearing walking shoes and athletic shoes daily for added support for your feet, while also allowing them to “breathe.” It is also important to try to avoid wearing shoes made of vinyl or plastic, and shoes with pointed toes or high heels.
In addition to choosing proper footwear, you need to be aware of the socks you are wearing. Make sure your socks are clean, padded and dry. Socks should be worn at all times—even if you’re wearing shoes—to protect against blisters and sores. People with diabetes should also avoid walking barefoot at all times because fungal and bacterial infections can spread very easily.
Complications with Diabetes
Properly managing your diabetes and protecting your feet can help avoid complications caused by infections. When infections go untreated and aren’t treated properly, you risk losing your foot altogether. When infections like gangrene begin to kill dead tissues, the only treatment available is diabetic foot surgery in Manhattan and Brooklyn to remove the affected appendage.
Diabetes is a serious condition that—if improperly managed—can become potentially life-threatening. Contact Dr. Speilfogel and Dr. Kleyner, our Manhattan, and Brooklyn, NY podiatrists at Hamilton Foot and Ankle Associates, for more details.