High Risk Foot Care
Diabetes is one of the largest growing diseases in the United States today. With that in mind it is very important for patients to be aware of their disease and how it affects their feet. It is also important to know how to take care of your feet as well.
- Annual visits to your podiatrist are very important. We can make sure there are no problems, or take care of the problems, that can lead to bigger issues with your feet.
- Checking your shoes daily before placing them on your feet is important to ensure there are no foreign objects in the shoes which can lead to an ulcer.
- Wearing white socks are important so that in the event you have an ulcer you can use that to see it. Therefore you can get to your podiatrist as soon as possible.
- Checking your blood glucose daily and keeping it between 80-120 mg/dl is one of the most important things to do. Keeping your glucose under control prevents neuropathy from setting in and allows for better healing of wounds.
- Wearing Diabetic shoes are important because they are made to offload high pressure areas and prevent ulceration. If you have diabetes you should never walk barefoot especially if you have neuropathy.
- Regular visits with your primary doctor are good to make sure your insulin requirements are met to control your diabetes.