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Ways Diabetics Can Prevent Foot Ulcers

Foot ulcers are generally caused by an underlying disease or condition that makes it difficult to detect sores or cuts on the feet. The most common causes are as the result of diabetes, which can result in neuropathy, or peripheral artery disease, which results from constricted blood vessels. Foot ulcers are basically sores that don’t heal properly, with the end result of damaging the skin to the point where it degrades and could turn into gangrene. There are preventative measures available to ward off the worst effects of foot ulcers. Among them are carrying out daily inspections of the feet, toes, and ankles to detect cuts, sores, or cracks in the skin that can become infected. Washing and thoroughly drying the feet daily is recommended, along with use of an emollient to avoid cracks in the skin. It is thought best to avoid going barefoot and to wear shoes with a wide toe box and well-cushioned sole. Regular visits to a podiatrist who can monitor and correct any foot issues are also suggested. 

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Summit Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wilmington, Whiteville, and Wallace, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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