Foot care is especially important for people with diabetes. That’s because conditions like peripheral neuropathy, caused by chronically high blood sugar, can lead to nerve damage and impair feeling in the lower legs and feet.
Likewise, peripheral artery disease (PAD) decreases blood flow, which causes pain and swelling in the calves and feet, as well as ulcers or sores that won’t heal, and, in extreme cases, gangrene.
People with diabetic foot are also more prone to developing bunions, corns and calluses, fungal infections, and ingrown toenails. While these conditions may not seem as serious as neuropathy or PAD, diabetes can complicate even these minor issues.
Treating Foot Pain in Diabetes
If you are diabetic, the best way to prevent complications is by managing your glucose levels. However, it is just as important to examine your feet daily for any cuts and scratches – particularly if you have been diagnosed with neuropathy.
Treatment for diabetic foot pain may include:
- Eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and whole grains; a moderate amount of fish and poultry; and very low amounts of red meat
- Maintaining a healthy body weight
- Managing your stress levels
- Exercising several days per week for at least 30 minutes at a time
- Taking medication for your blood sugar as prescribed by your doctor
How Often Should I Go to a Podiatrist if I Am Diabetic?
If you are diabetic and have good blood circulation and no neurologic deficit (such as numbness or a burning or tingling sensation), you can see a podiatrist on an annual basis. If, however, you are at a high risk with poor circulation and the aforementioned symptoms, you should see a podiatrist for exams and treatments every two to three months.
If you have wounds that won’t heal, see a podiatrist immediately.
Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care provides Diabetic Foot Care
At Cincinnati Foot & Ankle Care, our specialists treat a wide range of conditions affecting patients with diabetes including neuropathy, foot infections and ulcerations and ingrown and fungal toenails. To schedule a consultation, call us today at the location nearest you or request an appointment online.