Approximately 25 percent of all diabetics will develop diabetes-related foot conditions as a result of neuropathy or poor circulation. These foot problems can be quite serious, but many can be prevented and managed with a holistic, comprehensive foot care program tailored towards diabetics.
Dr. Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM, has extensive experience treating diabetics throughout Salt Lake City and can work with you to customize an appropriate care plan to keep your feet healthy and to effectively treat any foot health issues that your diabetes causes to occur. To find out more about the ways in which Dr. Auger can help you with diabetes foot care, give us a call at any time.
You can also follow some of the foot care tips that Dr. Auger has identified below to help you to reduce the risks of problems and to assist you in recognizing when an issue has occurred that necessitates medical attention.
The Foot Health Risks that Diabetics Face
Many foot health risks can be controlled if you recognize the dangers that diabetics face. Dr. Auger advises diabetic patients on a variety of potential sources of damage including the following:
- Trimming corns and calluses and getting pedicures can be dangerous because ulcerations could occur. Ulceration can lead to amputation.
- Non-healing wounds could be a sign of melanoma or a bone infection and should be examined by a podiatrist.
- Excessive dry skin can be a portal for infection. Keep the feet well moisturized to avoid the risk.
- Corn remover pads and other over-the-counter remedies can cause irritation and lead to bigger issues.
- Socks with seams can irritate the feet.
- Undiagnosed swelling or redness could indicate cellulitis or an infection.
- Bunions or hammertoes will grow worse over time, especially if they develop in patients between the ages of 13 and 35.
- Stress can exacerbate problems, so it is important to be aware of stress events and be diligent in care.
You should also watch for signs that diabetes is not being well controlled, such as thickened and discolored nails, loss of sensation, bruising, or small sores that heal slowly.
How You Can Care for Your Feet Effectively as a Diabetic
To help avoid problems caused by diabetes and to manage any problems that occur, Dr. Auger’s tips for diabetics include:
- Visiting the diabetes specialty center and walk shop to get appropriate footwear and support products.
- Obtaining the correct shoes to help your feet stay healthy. Medicare will provide shoes for diabetics after an exam.
- Exercising, especially walking, swimming, and riding a bicycle, can help with large vessel disease by increasing circulation to surrounding nerves and muscles.
- Compression hose can help with circulation.
- Having a baseline exam. Younger patients should visit a podiatrist once annually so the condition of the feet can be assessed and changes can be identified and monitored.
Getting Help from a Salt Lake City Podiatrist
If you live in or around Salt Lake City, the best way to keep your feet healthy is to get the help that you need. Visit Dr. Auger today to find out how she can use her extensive experience in the field of podiatry to help you design a customized foot care program that is right for you. Call now to schedule your appointment.