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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!
What's the best way to take care of diabetic feet? It's vigilance, constantly guarding against serious complications related to wounds, circulation, nerve function and more. At Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling, Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin partner with their patients for best continuing care and treatment outcomes.
How diabetes affects your feet
Diabetic neuropathy threatens foot health. High blood sugar levels characteristic of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes reduce a patient's perception of heat, cold, pain, and other sensations controlled by the nervous system. When you combine neuropathy with the impaired circulation and dry skin diabetics experience, wounds and poor wound healing result.
Caring for diabetic feet
A daily care regimen is critical to a diabetic's podiatric health. Your Sterling podiatrists tailor care plans suited to each diabetic patient's needs and risks. However, in general, these guidelines help every person with diabetes stay healthy:
- Wear well-fitting shoes to protect your feet from bruising, laceration and pressure points.
- Alternate pairs of shoes, especially in the hot weather when feet sweat a lot.
- Never go barefoot, even indoors.
- Wear quality, clean socks every day.
- Wash and dry your feet daily. Inspect them for color changes, scratches, bruising, blisters, or other signs of injury.
- Avoid heating pads, hot water bottles, and over the counter heat patches as treatment for pain or cold feet. Carefully test your bath or shower water for temperature.
- Trim your toenails straight across with clean clippers to avoid ingrown toenails. If you cannot do this yourself, your Sterling podiatrist will do it for you.
- Moisturize your feet every day, but don't put lotions or cream between toes.
- Stop all tobacco use as the toxins in smokeless tobacco and cigarettes impair circulation in the extremities.
- If you develop a sore, ingrown toenail, corn, callus, severely cracked skin, or another suspicious change in how your feet look or feel, see your podiatrist right away.
In-office podiatric care is key
The American Podiatric Medical Association says that routine diabetic foot care by an experienced podiatrist decreases the chances of in-hospital care by 24 percent. At Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling, VA, Dr. Lee and Dr. Lin and their team will work with you to keep your feet and ankles functional and as healthy as possible. If you're diabetic and it's time for your routine check-up, please call our office for an appointment at one of our convenient locations in either Sterling or Alexandria, VA, at (703) 823-2357.
How diabetes affects your feet
Diabetes is a serious disease that affects your entire body, including your feet. It is also a systemic disease, affecting many of the major systems including your nervous, immune and circulatory systems. Because diabetes affects so many crucial areas, the disease creates major problems for your feet. Your podiatrists at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, Virginia want you to know the importance of diabetic foot care.
Diabetes affects your nervous system, causing a condition known as diabetic neuropathy. You begin to lose feeling in your feet, so if you suffer a foot injury, you might not even feel it. Diabetes also compromises your immune system, so if you get a small injury on your foot, like a blister, it can become infected and not heal properly. The effects from circulatory problems can be profound. The lack of blood flow to your feet can cause you to potentially lose toes and foot tissue.
Your podiatrists at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Alexandria and Sterling want you to know about some critical self-care you can do to keep your feet protected. Remember to:
- Check your feet daily, using a mirror to see the bottom of your feet.
- Wash and dry your feet thoroughly, and apply lotion to your feet daily.
- Trim your toenails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails.
- Exercise your ankles and wiggle your toes at least three times per day to boost circulation.
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and socks; don’t ever go without shoes.
- Don’t use electric blankets and heating pads because you may burn your feet and not feel it. Also avoid very hot water.
Don’t forget to visit your podiatrists at Alexandria Family Podiatry regularly, for foot examinations and to answer any questions you might have about diabetes and your feet. Your podiatrists are a vital part of your healthcare team, especially when you have diabetes. Don’t wait to take care of your feet. Call your podiatrists at Alexandria Family Podiatry with offices in Sterling, and Alexandria, Virginia. Call today and protect your feet!