There are numerous struggles diabetics face every day.
The amount of insulin created by your body handles a significant amount of details. When that insulin is not working properly and the sugar levels are not kept in check, several things can happen to one’s body. These have serious consequences and can even be fatal if not addressed quickly.
Diabetic Neuropathy & Infection:
Diabetic Neuropathy is a condition where a diabetic loses feeling in their hands and/or feet. If this occurs, it becomes difficult to feel a cut or sore in those areas. Those cuts and sores can then increase in size and scope and therefore become more of a concern. Wounds on the feet, in particular, tend to heal more slowly for Diabetics. These can allow infection into the body, as the feet are meant to protect against disease. In the case of Diabetics, this area is severely weakened and serious issues can arise.
Proper Care for the Diabetic:
Taking proper care of your feet is the first step to hopefully prevent health issues. This means keeping toenails properly trimmed, drying feet thoroughly after a bath or shower or after a walk in the rain and selecting the proper footwear. Socks with good ventilation and shoes that protect your foot and yet give it sufficient room (3/8 inch to ½ inch from longest toe to end of shoe) are key to protecting your feet from some accidental injuries.
When to Seek a Podiatrist:
It is important to see a podiatrist if you need special diabetic socks or special shoes, as these can be prescribed. It is also important to consult a podiatrist if an injury or wound has occurred and does not seem to be getting any better after a reasonable amount of time. Do not hesitate to contact a doctor, as we may have alternative treatments to give you that you would not consider on your own!
Together, you and your Podiatrist can make diabetes easier on your feet. Always consult or call your Podiatrist if you have any concerns or questions.
Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum is a Podiatric Physician and Surgeon serving patients in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach.
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