Diabetic Foot Conditions
Diabetes is a chronic disease and is growing rapidly due to unhealthy diets, obesity, and sedentary lifestyles. Diabetes is the inability to properly manufacture or use insulin; it impairs the body’s ability to convert sugars, starches, and other foods into energy. If you suffer from diabetes it is imperative to manage your care through a team approach by utilizing a podiatrist to monitor your lower extremities.
The leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations is from complications of diabetes such as a foot ulcer. If you notice an ulcer on your foot immediate care should be sought by a podiatric doctor. After an examination by your podiatrist a diagnosis and treatment plan will be implemented. The main goal is to prevent infection. To do this your podiatrist may recommend taking pressure off the area or “off-loading”, removing dead skin and tissue, applying medication and bandages to the ulcer, and finally ensuring the management of blood glucose. Prevention of foot ulcers is extremely important. If you have diabetes wash your feet daily, inspect your feet and toes daily, lose weight, wear thick soft socks, stop smoking, cut toenails straight across, exercise, see your podiatrist regularly, be properly measured for new shoes, do not walk barefoot, avoid tight fitting shoes or stockings, and never remove calluses, corns, or warts yourself.