May 15, 2017

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot Care: Patients living with diabetes are very prone to having foot problems.  Two of the main complications are nerve damage and poor circulation.  Nerve damage can result in loss of feeling.  This is dangerous as it may reduce awareness of injury or irritation.  Poor circulation reduces healing and the ability to fight infection.  The result may be infections and ulcers that can become serious if not properly managed.  Patients who are diabetic should have their feet examined on a routine basis.  Other proactive measures include daily feet inspection at home, proper nail care, no “bathroom surgery”, keep floors free of sharp objects, do not go barefoot, check shoes and socks to make sure they are safe before putting on, and having your circulation and sense of feeling tested on a routine basis.