Once a patient is diagnosed with diabetes, one of the things that doctors explain to watch closely is the feet. Diabetics can develop sores on the feet that can lead to complications, so diabetic foot care is about vigilant monitoring of your feet. Checking your feet for sores is a daily necessity for patients with diabetes. Even the smallest cut or sore can develop into a diabetic ulcer that would need advanced wound care therapy.

Diabetes causes neuropathy, a weakened immune system, and clogged arteries. All three of these can put you at risk for a sore that advances into an ulcer or an infection. Neuropathy is a condition where your extremities can develop a reduced sensitivity; it is referred to as peripheral neuropathy. This can mean that you don’t feel a sore that develops from constant rubbing. This makes wearing proper shoes are a must. Both a weakened immune system and clogged arteries can cause that small sore or a cut to turn into a diabetic foot ulcer that can become painful and infected. Much of diabetic foot care is about prevention of these types of problems.. If you are concerned about diabetic foot conditions, call us at 561-793-6170 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced West Palm Beach podiatrists or click here to request an appointment.

About Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam

  • Prevention of foot ulcers is the main focus of diabetic foot care. Your podiatrist can help to ensure that you do not develop sores that can turn into something more severe. It is important to wear the right shoes that fit you properly without rubbing or putting too much pressure on your feet and toes.  If diabetic neuropathy symptoms are present, careful monitoring is key. Even if you do not feel any pain, you must examine your feet for any cuts, bruises, or sores on a daily basis. If any sores do develop, you should make sure to keep it clean and see your doctor immediately. Advanced wound care therapy should be applied and the wound should be dressed properly and kept clean at all times. Antibiotics should be prescribed to prevent the spread of infection. Another facet of diabetic foot care is treating diabetic neuropathy, or the loss of feeling in your feet. Besides lifestyle changes that slow the progression of diabetes, our podiatrists can also perform nerve decompression surgery to alleviate the symptoms of neuropathy.
  • Diabetic foot care is about keeping a close eye on your feet to prevent a cut or sore from turning into a foot ulcer that can quickly worsen. All too often untreated foot ulcers lead to infection and amputation. Preventing a foot ulcer from happening is very important because once an infection does develop, things can escalate quickly. Prevention means monitoring and examining your feet daily and wearing shoes as recommended by your podiatrist. Shoes that rub your feet raw or crowd your toes put you in danger of developing foot problems. If a cut or sore does happen, vigilant care is needed to prevent a wound from worsening. Keeping a wound clean and dressed properly is the best way to promote healing and preventing the situation from getting severe enough that amputation could be necessary. Antibiotics can help ensure that an infection does not spread.
  • Patients with diabetes are at risk for developing severe foot wounds. Side effects of diabetes include neuropathy, a compromised immune system, and narrowed arteries. All three of these side effects can cause complications including diabetic foot ulcers.

Your Next Steps

Do these symptoms sound familiar? Contact South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers today for a comprehensive examination and diabetic foot care. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in West Palm Beach or at any one of our six locations throughout South Florida. Call 561-793-6170 to speak with a staff member or click here to request an appointment online.

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