If you have diabetes, you know its wide impact on your lifestyle and health. Dr. Jacqueline Babol, your podiatrist in Spokane Valley, WA, wants you to understand the important role foot care plays in living well with your diabetes. Besides regular podiatric check-ups at Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Babol offers common-sense strategies which will keep you and your feet happy, healthy, and well-functioning.
Foot issues and diabetes
The American Diabetes Association lists several diabetic complications that happen with the feet and legs. With optimal blood sugar control, these problems can lessen, but all remain dangerous. That's why you must inspect your feet daily, looking for any signs of redness, ulceration, excessively dry skin, deformity and more.
Common diabetic foot problems include:
- Peripheral artery disease (hardened and narrowed blood vessels)
- Neuropathy (pain, numbness, tingling, loss of sensation)
- Foot ulcers, poor healing and susceptibility to infection
- Amputation of toes, parts of the feet and even the leg due to tissue necrosis
- Large and thick corns and calluses
What you can do
First, don't panic. You can take control of your diabetes and its complications. Enlist the help of your primary care physician, family and of course, your Spokane Valley podiatrist. Dr. Babol offers diabetic wound care, specialized shoes and orthotics, care of deformities such as hammertoes and more. As part of your individualized foot care plan, Dr. Babol may advise care strategies such as:
- Washing and drying your feet daily
- Inspecting your feet every day or having a loved one do it for you
- Stopping all tobacco usage (cigarettes compromise small vessel circulation)
- Wearing clean, well-fitting socks
- Wearing supportive shoes with wide toe boxes
- Moisturizing your feet
- Wearing sock to bed
- Wearing shoes at all times to avoid injury
Additionally, if you or a loved one notice skin color or texture changes in your feet or develop a small wound which will not heal, contact your podiatrist in Spokane Valley immediately. Dr. Babel has extensive experience in the care of the diabetic foot; so you know your podiatric health is in good hands.
To arrange your routine check-up or if you have a pressing concern or question, please call the Spokane Valley, WA, office at (866) 303-3668. For the Hayden and Kellogg, ID, location, phone us at (208) 762-0909.