If you have diabetes, proper foot care is essential to prevent serious complications like infections and amputation. The friendly and knowledgeable podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey offer diabetic foot care at their location in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. For expert care of diabetic feet, call or book an appointment online today.
Diabetic foot problems are a common cause of hospital visits. Most of the time, diabetes affects your feet in two ways:
Your blood carries substances that are essential for the healing process. Poor circulation limits the blood flow to your feet, which may allow a minor wound like a blister to progress into a serious infection within days.
Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) affects 60-70% of people with diabetes. Nerve damage can affect any part of your body, but the feet and legs are most common. Neuropathy can cause a loss of sensation, including pain.
While not feeling pain may sound nice, it’s actually dangerous. Pain is your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong so you can take care of it. When you have diabetic neuropathy, your feet may become wounded or damaged without you feeling it.
Both poor circulation and nerve damage contribute to the development of diabetic foot ulcers or wounds that don’t heal well. If left untreated, a foot ulcer can become infected and may require amputation to save your life.
When you have diabetes, it’s important to check your feet every day. Look for changes to your feet, including:
You should also take special care of your feet at home, like wearing shoes that fit properly, keeping your feet clean, warm, and dry, and trimming your toenails straight across.
You should call Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey any time you notice changes in your feet during your daily inspection. The sooner you seek treatment for a minor foot problem, the greater your chances of preventing infection.
The team at Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey lets you know how often you should come in for routine diabetic foot exams. Depending on your needs, this may be once a year or more frequently.
For the highest quality diabetic foot care, call Family Foot and Ankle Center of South Jersey or book an appointment online today.