Diabetic care has come a long way over the years. There isn’t a cure for diabetes, but better and better ways to treat the problem have emerged as time goes on. Now the disease doesn’t have to keep you from living an active or fulfilling life. In order to live the life you want, of course, you have to take excellent care of your condition, and this means investing in diabetic foot care.
Sugar Levels and Your Feet
The high blood sugar levels from diabetes cause substantial damage throughout your body. Your feet, however, are particularly vulnerable. High blood sugars damage the blood vessels in your feet and legs, weakening circulation. Since your feet are so far from your heart, they already have lower circulation that most other areas of your body. Weakening it further can contribute to a whole host of problems. High sugar levels impair your nerves as well. This creates conditions like neuropathy, which can cause nerve pain and impair your ability to feel. Eventually damage from diabetes can weaken bones and muscles, too.
Why You Need Diabetic Foot Care
The potential complications in your lower limbs from diabetes are significant. Weak circulation means your immune system is slower and less effective. Infections and injuries are far more serious, since it’s more difficult for your body to heal them. What might otherwise be a simple problem to treat—fungal infections, ingrown toenails, blisters, etc.—suddenly becomes a high risk for serious illnesses and ulcers. The inability to feel small cuts or other breaks in the skin only increases these risks. You need great foot care to check for potential problems and treat them well before they deteriorate into wounds or worse.
What Great Foot Care Looks Like
Great diabetic foot care involves both professional and home care. C. Keith McSpadden, DPM, and our staff at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute will carefully examine your lower limbs to see how much your feet are already affected by diabetes. From there, we can begin treating any problems that are developing. Sometimes this is a matter of wound care for an ulcer, or helping you find the right orthotics to prevent one. For severe neuropathy, you might need help controlling nerve pain, trimming toenails, and keeping your skin healthy.
Most importantly, our staff can help you begin your own diabetic foot care at home. The way you invest in your feet every single day makes the real difference for keeping your lower limbs healthy with this disease. This includes maintaining great hygiene, wearing good shoes, and staying generally healthy.
Wash your feet every day with mild soaps and warm water. Take time to inspect your lower limbs for changes or small injuries. Keep your toenails trimmed properly and wear moisture-wicking socks. Choose shoes that support your feet without squeezing or rubbing them. You might need orthotics to correct biomechanical problems. Exercise regularly as well, but you may need to stick to low-impact activities that won’t damage your lower limbs and be sure to protect your feet beforehand.
If you have diabetes, excellent diabetic foot care is not an option – it’s a necessity so you can live a healthy life. You have to invest in your lower limbs before serious problems arise. Waiting only puts you at risk for life-threatening problems. Let our staff at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute help you establish the best diabetic foot care so you can live with healthy feet. Make an appointment today by using our web request form. You can also call our Texas offices: (512) 593-2949 for Cedar Park, or (512) 960-4290 for Round Rock.