People with diabetes need to take special care with their feet, since they are especially susceptible to foot problems. Poor circulation and nerve damage (known as neuropathy), are two aspects of the disease that can lead to serious complications. A lack of feeling may keep you from knowing there’s an issue, and even something as small as a scratch can quickly turn into a major concern. That’s why diabetic foot care is so important. At the California Foot and Ankle Institute, you’ll find the expert care you need, including not only diagnosis and treatment, but prevention tips, prescription shoes, and orthotics.
Smoking decreases your body’s ability to deliver oxygen and causes damage to blood vessels. This combined with diabetes greatly increases the risk of amputation, so don’t smoke!
Maintaining a diet and exercise routine is essential for keeping your weight at a healthy level and your blood glucose in check. We can help you develop a nutritional plan as well as an exercise program that best suits your lifestyle. It’s easier to stick with it if you have support, and we at the California Foot and Ankle Institute are here for you!
Because it’s important to catch any foot problems before they become serious, those with diabetes should perform foot self-exams on a daily basis. Inspect for things like swelling, redness, and temperature change–all signs of possible problems. Also, look for calluses and corns that often develop on pressure areas like the ball of the foot. If your heels are cracked from dryness, those cracks can get infected, just as cuts and blisters can. If you see any of these signs of trouble, be sure to make an appointment immediately.
If you have diabetes, there are steps you can take to avoid problems that may occur.