Taking Good Care of Your Feet When You Have Diabetes
Your foot health is particularly important if you have diabetes. Taking a few steps to protect your feet and visiting your podiatrist at Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists in Pennsauken and Turnersville, NJ, at the first sign of trouble will help you avoid serious infections.
Ways to keep your feet feeling healthy and happy
These steps will help you keep your feet in good condition:
- Conduct a Daily Foot Exam: You may not feel sores or cuts on your feet if you have diabetic neuropathy, a condition that can cause numbness in your feet. Unfortunately, an infection can progress from mild to severe quickly if you have diabetes. Checking your feet daily will help you spot issues that need medical attention, such as open sores, red skin, pus around a sore, red streak on your foot, skin color changes, or numbness, cold or other changes in sensation.
- Be Careful When Cutting Your Nails: Nicking your toes with clippers may also increase your risk of infection. Cut your nails slowly and carefully to prevent injuries. When you trim your nails, cut straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. If a nail does start to grow into the skin, don't try to free it yourself. Call your Pennsauken and Turnersville foot doctor instead.
- Alternate Your Shoes: You may be more likely to develop blisters or foot fungus if you wear the same pair of shoes every day. Switching footwear will give sweaty shoes ample time to dry out and prevent irritated spots on your feet from turning into blisters. If a pair of shoes consistently irritate your feet, it may be time to buy new shoes.
- See Your Podiatrist: Call your foot doctor if you notice any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above. Once an infection or another problem starts, it probably won't improve on its own and will only worsen.
Protect your health with a visit to your Regional Foot and Ankle Specialists podiatrist in Pennsauken and Turnersville, NJ. Call the Turnersville office at (856) 875-8855 or the Pennsauken office at (856) 488-5290 to schedule your appointment.