How to Prevent Foot Ulcers
A primary cause of hospitalization and possible toe or foot amputation in diabetic patients is from ulcerating wounds that go undetected on the feet and toes. These potentially lethal infections are entirely preventable with the proper intervention and care. It is very important for diabetic patients to minimize the chances of developing these complications since the loss of sensation in the feet can make it hard to notice any injuries in the first place.
Tips for preventing diabetic foot ulcers
- Properly fitting shoes with inserts—Proper shoe choice and expert fitting are essential to the good health of your feet, especially in the case of those who have diabetes. Ask your podiatrist about custom orthotic inserts to help isolate and treat wounds and other foot and ankle problems
- Keep your feet clean and as dry as possible—You can help to avoid infection by washing your feet daily and drying carefully, especially between the toes. Wear socks made of breathable fabric to help wick away moisture.
- Daily foot Inspection—Look for any cuts, scrapes or blisters and be sure to look at the bottom of your feet using a mirror if necessary. Always carefully check between the toes since unseen infections can hide there.
- Proper nail trimming—To avoid an infected ingrown toenail, always trim nails straight across rather than curved. Never share your clippers or other foot care items with others to avoid cross bacterial and fungal contamination.
- Properly manage your disease—Control your blood sugar, exercise regularly, and eat a healthy, balanced diet to help prevent further nerve damage.
- Regularly visit your foot doctor—Your foot doctor can help design a comprehensive program to manage your diabetes. This is an excellent way to be proactive in your foot care and diabetes management.
If you are experiencing foot ulcers or other complications from diabetes, see your podiatrist right away. At E.J. Nemet Podiatry in Twinsburg, E.J. Nemet, DPM, treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, pediatric foot problems, diabetic foot complications, nerve disorders, and toenail and skin conditions.With advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Dr. Nemet provides expert and compassionate care to patients in the Twinsburg and Beachwood areas. To contact us or to schedule an appointment, please call (234) 212-9940.