Ulcers on the feet can become a problem for many, especially for those with compromised immune systems.
“Neuropathy” is a term that means nerve disease. Peripheral neuropathy means the affected nerves are located in the arms, hands, legs, and feet, as opposed to our central nervous system.
Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of people every year. It causes damage to blood vessels including the feet. Diabetes can cause nerve damage or neuropathy because of impaired blood flow to the legs and feet. Once neuropathy develops, it is important to take care of the feet. Amputation of the limbs may happen rarely, but this is why people suffering from diabetes should take foot care seriously.
Ways to take care of the foot
- If you are a diabetic, always wash and dry your feet thoroughly.
- Carefully examine your feet and toes for sores and redness even if there is no pain felt. Also examine your feet from the bottom.
- Wear well-fitting socks and avoid wearing socks that are colored to prevent infections from the dye.
- For dry feet, you can apply recommended cream.
When removing any calluses, be careful with the tools that you use and scrub off gently as people with severe diabetic may not feel any pain on their feet. Should a complication occur, never hesitate to consult a podiatrist. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering from diabetic foot disorders.
Checking with the doctor
- You should keep in contact with your diabetic doctor to monitor your blood levels regularly, most specifically your blood sugar.
- A physician will also provide medications to help treat neuropathy as well as advise you with proper eating habits and foot care.
- If you have any existing feet conditions, it is also best if you consult a podiatrist and let him check it.
- Toenails should also be trimmed by a podiatrist to ensure that it is trimmed correctly. Improper trimming may result to deeply cutting around the cuticles which will result to infection.
Untreated diabetic foot
- Diabetic feet should be checked daily. If you find any problem, consult a podiatrist immediately. Do not wait for the condition to become severe before visiting a health care professional as this might develop into serious problems such as:
- Gangrene. It is a serious infection that often results to sepsis or foot/limb amputation.
- Ulcers. You also need to look out for ulcers as they can develop from the loss of tissue on your skin. They are painful and needs intensive treatment.
At Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston with six offices located in North Houston, TX, we specialize in helping people with diabetes. Schedule a diabetic foot exam today. To schedule an appointment, call 281-444-4114.