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Proper Foot Care for Diabetics

Having diabetes brings a multitude of foot problems with it. Neuropathy is a common disorder for diabetic patients to have. This is defined as nerve damage that can happen from elevated insulin levels, and it causes the inability to feel existing cuts on the feet. It is beneficial for the feet to be checked each day to look for abnormalities. This can be accomplished by using a mirror, or by having a caregiver or family member check them. Additionally, proper foot care involves washing and drying the feet daily, and it is beneficial to refrain from walking barefoot. It is suggested to have the toenails trimmed weekly, and this is often done by a chiropodist. The ideal shoes that are worn will fit well and be comfortable, and wearing socks without a seam may help to prevent skin breaks and rubbing. If you have questions about how to perform proper diabetic foot care, it is advised that you are under the care of a chiropodist who can help manage this condition.

Diabetes can cause serious problems in the lower limbs if proper preventive measures are not taken and diabetic wound care is not performed. If you would like to learn more about caring for diabetic feet, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Diabetes can lead to a host of foot and ankle complications, including: 

  • Poor circulation

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Diabetic foot wounds and ulcers

  • Infection 

  • Corns and calluses

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Nail disorders 

  • Hammertoes 

  • Bunions

  • Charcot foot

If you have diabetes, you must be vigilant of any changes in your foot health. This is best done through daily foot inspections. Using a mirror to help you if necessary, look for any: 

  • Cuts, scrapes, sores, or wounds

  • Bruising or discoloration 

  • Swelling

  • Rash

  • Foul odor

  • Nail changes 

  • Hair loss 

  • Warmth and inflammation

  • Deformities 

  • Lower limb pain

  • Strange sensations (numbness, tingling, burning, pins, and needles)

If you detect anything unusual, seek the care of a chiropodist as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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