Those with diabetes must manage their feet carefully. Blood sugar levels that aren’t regulated can lead to a loss of feeling in the feet, which can further lead to injuries that may go unnoticed. Injuries that are left untreated can develop into infections, and in very severe cases, may need to be amputated. According to Dr. Rachel Natovich, who presented her research at the American Diabetes Association’s 75th Scientific Sessions along with her colleagues, “a person with diabetes has up to a 25% chance of developing a foot ulcer in their lifetime.” Research also suggested that diabetic patients with foot complications suffered decreased cognitive functioning. Diabetic foot care is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing further injury.
Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you need your feet checked, see Dr. Robert J. Kaplan of Twin Rivers Podiatry Easton. Our doctor will treat your feet in addition to other podiatric-related needs.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.
It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Easton, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.