As a patient with diabetes, your podiatric medicine specialist is an important
member of your care team. Since
diabetes can compromise blood flow and nerve health, it is especially important
for patients to seek podiatric care promptly when any changes to the feet
occur. A podiatrist can also help you learn how to reduce your risk of
life-changing complications by taking excellent care of your feet.
Patients with diabetes tend to have poor circulation because the blood
vessels are prone to narrowing and hardening. To support healthy blood
flow, talk to your doctor about managing your blood pressure and cholesterol
levels. Get aerobic exercise on most days of the week, which stimulates
blood circulation. While working out, be sure to wear supportive, properly
fitting shoes. If you smoke, it’s critical that you kick the habit.
Smoking further inhibits blood flow, suppresses the immune system, and
contributes to slow-healing wounds that may later lead to amputation.
Facilitating Rapid Wound Healing
If you do
develop a wound on your feet, you should see a podiatrist promptly to prevent additional complications
like infections or delayed wound healing. Along with quitting smoking
to support faster wound healing, your doctor may ask you to keep pressure
off the affected foot until it heals. To accomplish this, you may be given
a cast or brace, or you may be shown how to use assistive devices to move
around without placing weight on your foot.
Wearing Proper Footwear
Wearing the right shoes can help diabetics reduce the risk of bunions,
ingrown toenails, and blisters. Your podiatrist can help you find the
right shoes for your needs. Choosing appropriate socks is also important.
In general, podiatrists recommend socks that wick moisture away from the
feet to reduce the risk of fungal infections.
At Family Foot Center, we firmly believe in the value of preventive care,
particularly for patients with diabetes who are at risk of serious complications.
Our podiatrists provide specialized care for patients who have diabetes
and live in Whitestone. Give us a call today at (718) 767-5555 to discuss
your foot care needs.