Diabetes doesn't just affect what you eat. It also reduces circulation, particularly in the lower extremities, and minor wounds can have major complications due to the lack of blood flow and reduced feeling in the feet. Your podiatrists in Jackson and Brick, NJ, Dr. Keith Rosenthal and Dr. Sina Safar, specialize in helping their diabetic patients at The Center for Foot and Ankle Medicine manage their foot-related symptoms, but at-home care is vital to maintaining good health. Below are some tips from our experts on how diabetics should take care of their feet.
One of the most important ways you can maintain your foot health in check is by diligently practicing good hygiene habits each day. Warm water and mild soap will keep your feet clean while preventing dryness, which could potentially lead to skin damage. After your daily bath or shower, apply moisturizer and take time to inspect your feet, ankles, and toes for any signs of injury, such as cuts, bruises or blisters. These should be immediately evaluated by your Jackson and Brick podiatrist.
While a stubbed toe or a blister can be uncomfortable for the average person, diabetics can have consequences from even the most insignificant injuries. To keep your feet protected, your Jackson and Brick podiatrist suggests always wearing closed-toe footwear, including socks to bed and slippers around the house. Do not attempt to remove any lesions like corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails; contact The Center for Foot and Ankle Medicine for any treatments you may need.
Each diabetic patient has specific needs, so establishing a baseline with your podiatrist is necessary to determine how often you should be seen for checkups. Staying current with your appointments at The Center for Foot and Ankle Medicine is imperative to managing your diabetic symptoms.
Contact our podiatry office in Jackson and Brick, NJ to schedule your appointment with one of our skilled foot doctors - Dr. Keith Rosenthal or Dr. Sina Safar - for any foot and ankle related issues you may be having! For the Jackson office, call 732 833 2800. For the Brick office, call 732 477 0441.