FAQs about Diabetic Foot Care
How your podiatrists in Sterling, VA, can help your feet if you have diabetes
Did you know that diabetes can be especially bad for your feet? It’s true! In fact, if you have diabetes, you have to take special care of your feet. Dr. Richard G. Lee and Dr. Steven H. Lin at Alexandria Family Podiatry offer comprehensive foot care, including diabetic foot care. They have two convenient office locations in Sterling and Alexandria, VA, to help you and your feet.
If you are diabetic, you need to know the facts about diabetic foot care. These are just a few commonly asked questions and answers about diabetic foot care:
How many people have diabetes?
Over 29 million people in this country have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.
How can diabetes affect my feet?
Diabetes affects many of your body’s main systems, including your immune, circulatory, and nervous system. Immune system problems can cause an injury on your foot to not heal properly. Small blisters or cuts can turn into serious ulcerated lesions. Circulatory system problems can cause lack of blood flow to your extremities, including your feet and toes. In severe cases, lack of blood flow can result in amputations. Problems with your nervous system can result in lack of feeling in your feet. You may injure your feet or toes and not even know it.
What should I do to care for my feet if I have diabetes?
Always protect your feet by wearing supportive, comfortable shoes, and avoid going barefoot. Wash and dry your feet daily and apply thick moisturizing cream to keep your skin from drying out. Always trim your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails. Examine your feet regularly and check for blisters, cuts, or other open sores and apply antibiotic cream to affected areas. Bandage any open injuries. Visit your podiatrist regularly for a comprehensive foot examination to keep your feet and toes healthy.
How can a podiatrist help my feet if I have diabetes?
Your podiatrist will thoroughly check your feet and toes, ensuring you have no injuries, and you have adequate blood flow and sensation in your feet. Your podiatrist may prescribe topical or oral antibiotics if you have an infection. You may need custom orthotics or footwear to protect your feet. Your podiatrist will also keep you informed about any issues to watch out for when you have diabetes.
These are just a few of the most commonly asked questions and answers about diabetic foot care. To find out more, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Richard G. Lee and Dr. Steven H. Lin of Alexandria Family Podiatry, with offices in Sterling and Alexandria, VA, at (703) 823-2357. Call today and protect your feet!