If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, find out why your foot health is so very important.
Whether you've just recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have had it for a while, perhaps you’ve heard your doctor talk about keeping your feet healthy but you aren’t quite sure why. After all, isn’t diabetes just a blood sugar problem? How does it even affect feet? Our Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, podiatrists--Dr. Edward Harris, Dr. Antonella Cella and Dr. Neil Goldberg--are here to tell you why those with diabetes should pay special attention to their foot health.
Unfortunately, the majority of people with diabetes will suffer some nerve or blood vessel damage, which can also cause issues for your feet. Those with diabetes can also develop neuropathy, which can lead to a loss of sensation or feeling in the feet or hands, which leaves you more susceptible to infection. But our Hackensack and Montvale foot doctors have some easy ways that can help you manage your foot health each and every day.
Examine Your Feet
This is something you should be doing everyday. Nerve damage can lead to foot complications that can lead to foot pain, cracks and sores, which should all be treated by a professional to prevent further complications. Use a mirror to thoroughly inspect your feet for any changes that may require medical attention. If you have issues examining your feet, ask a member of your family to help.
Stay Away From Hot Water
Those with neuropathy or nerve damage may not be able to tell when water is too hot, which is why it’s always important to first test the water using your elbow. Water that is too hot could cause serious burns or blisters, which could lead to an infection. Make sure to always check the water in the bathtub or shower before stepping in.
Wear the Proper Footwear
If you don’t have shoes that protect or support your feet, then you could be doing your feet a great disservice. It’s now time to invest some time and money into shoes that will provide enough comfort and padding to prevent foot problems like calluses, corns or blisters. Look for shoes that offer your toes enough room to wiggle and move and opt for shoes that don’t have seams on the inside of the shoes, which can cause friction against the skin.
Never Go Barefoot
It might feel tempting to walk around the house in your bare feet, but it’s important that you protect your feet even when you are in your own house; just doing everyday chores can cause small cuts or injuries to your feet. I know it might seem silly, but if a splinter or even a small piece of glass gets into your foot (and you are unaware due to nerve damage), you could be dealing with some rather serious complications.
The foot specialists at the Podiatry Foot & Ankle Institute in Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, are here to make sure that your feet stay healthy. Whether you are experiencing foot changes or you just need to schedule a foot exam, we are here for you!