Normally, if you cut your foot or get a blister, you notice and take care to keep the wound clean and dry while it heals. However, if you have diabetes, you may have lost sensation in your feet, and a small blister could turn into an infected ulcer with potentially dangerous repercussions. Matthew Paden, DPM, FACFAS, Dustin Kruse, DPM, MA, FACFAS, and Brett Sachs, DPM, FACFAS — the gifted podiatrists at Rocky Mountain Foot and Ankle Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado — offer expert wound care and general diabetic foot care. Call or schedule a consultation online today.
Blood sugar that’s consistently high can cause several other health problems, including nerve damage. The nerve damage is often worse in your extremities and causes numbness, so you don’t notice heat, cold, or injuries.
Diabetes can also dry out your skin, leading to cracking and other minor injuries. This not only increases your risk of a foot injury but makes it less likely that you will notice the injury.
Diabetes also inhibits your body’s healing response, which could lead to complications and infection. When left untreated, wounds can get worse, turning into deep, abscessed ulcers rife with an infection that could eventually lead to amputation of your toes, foot, or leg.
The podiatrists at Rocky Mountain Foot and Ankle Center offer comprehensive diabetic foot and wound care services.
If you have a wound on your foot or if it has progressed into a diabetic foot ulcer, your podiatrist provides treatment to keep the wound clean and dry and medications and dressings to support healing. Your podiatrist can also remove any dead tissue on or around your wound. Finally, he’ll provide orthotics to take pressure off the wound so it won’t get worse.
If you have diabetes, you can take several steps to protect your feet. First, follow your doctor’s advice regarding your diet and exercise habits and take your medication as prescribed. Controlling your blood sugar reduces your risk of complications like neuropathy and foot ulcers.
Second, have regular foot care sessions with your trusted podiatrists. As a diabetic, you should have appointments periodically for your podiatrist to check your feet for signs of neuropathy or wounds. However, you can also make appointments for a podiatrist to trim your toenails, remove dead skin and calluses and generally keep your nails and skin in good shape.
At home, make sure to keep your feet clean and dry. Don’t apply oils or creams to your feet unless instructed by your podiatrist. The excess moisture can increase your risk of infection.
Call or make an appointment online today for expert diabetic foot care.