Over 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. In addition to the complications to general health that come with the disease, diabetic patients are also at risk for a condition known as peripheral neuropathy, which can lead to potentially serious infections and problems from otherwise common podiatric issues like blisters or ingrown toenails. Dr. Timothy Mason and Dr. Jason Hancock, the podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando, offer diabetic foot and podiatry services in Orlando, Oviedo, and Lake Mary, FL.
Diabetic Foot Care and Podiatry Services in Orlando, Oviedo, and Lake Mary, FL
People with diabetes are susceptible to nerve damage in the legs and feet, a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. Damaged nerves make it difficult to feel sensation from cuts and injuries, so diabetic patients must be especially careful and check their feet regularly for any problems or signs of infection.
In addition to preventive podiatry care, here are a few ways to keep your feet healthy if you have diabetes:
- Inspect your feet every day for any new symptoms or signs of infection—even a small blister or cut can increase your risk of infection!
- Keep your feet dry and clean—wash with lukewarm (avoid hot water) and gentle soap
- Change your socks regularly
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes, and never go barefoot
- Cut your toenails straight across and avoid jagged or crooked edges to prevent ingrown toenails
- Never apply lotion between the toes
- Discuss any symptoms or concerns with your podiatrist
Keeping your blood sugar in check and managing your general health is also key in preventing diabetic foot problems and complications. If you have any concerns or notice even a small problem like a callous or small cut, do not try to treat it yourself, and schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as promptly as possible.
Find a Podiatrist in Orlando, Oviedo, and Lake Mary, FL
For more information about how to care for your feet if you have diabetes, or for other podiatry problems and concerns, contact Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando by calling 407-365-9511 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mason or Dr. Hancock today.