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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.
Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet. This can be problematic for many individuals, which is why your Spokane Valley, WA, and Kellogg, Hayden, ID, podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol, is here to help.
Diabetics need to take special care of their feet, a small cut may result in serious foot issues like nerve damage. It may also:
- Reduce blood flow to the feet
- It's harder to heal an injury or resist infection
- Infection or a non-healing may risk amputation.
To avoid serious foot problems try following your Spokane Valley, Kellogg, and Hayden podiatrist's advice:
- Inspect your feet daily. Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems
- Wash your feet in lukewarm water, not hot water. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily
- Moisturize your feet to prevent dry skin from itching or cracking
- Cut nails straight across and file the edges. Don’t cut nails too short though
- Never treat corns or calluses yourself. Go to your podiatrist
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them daily
- Avoid tight elastic bands that reduce blood circulation
- If your feet get cold at night, wear socks. Don't use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
- Shake out your shoes and feel the inside before wearing. Something as small as a pebble may cut your skin and infect your feet
- Take care of your diabetes and keep your blood sugar levels under control
- Don’t smoke since it restricts blood flow in your feet
- Get periodic foot exams. Seeing your foot and ankle surgeon regularly can help prevent diabetic foot complication
Diabetes can cause serious issues. If you have any questions or concerns about diabetes, you should contact your Spokane Valley, WA, and Kellogg, Hayden, ID, podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol. She has the expertise to help figure out and treat your foot issues.
People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don't know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation.
Foot Care for Diabetics
Simple daily foot care can help prevent serious health problems associated with diabetes.
We recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing foot complications:
- Wash feet daily. Keep feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry thoroughly.
- Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking, and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection.
- Trim your toenails carefully. Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance
- Never treat corns or calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment.
- Protect your feet from hot and cold.
- Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting, don't sit cross-legged, and stay active.
- Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling and nail problems. Contact our practice if you notice anything unusual, even the slightest change.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow in the feet
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and never walk barefoot
- Visit our practice for regular exams. Seeing a podiatrist at our office regularly can help prevent diabetic foot problems.
At our practice, we understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. Let's discuss simple ways you can reduce your risk of foot injuries. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you back on your feet so you can enjoy the things you love. Remember to inspect your feet every day. If you detect an injury, no matter how small, come in for an exam right away.