The holidays leave many after-effects, including extra debt and hangovers. One holiday headache that doesn’t go away is sore feet— especially if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic. Feet are vulnerable to diabetes.
If you haven’t been diagnosed— or even if you have— you may be surprised to learn that persistently cold toes, feet that feel like they are on fire, sores that refuse to heal and even claw toes are all associated with diabetes.
Most important: You cannot afford to overlook these seemingly minor annoyances.
Small signs and symptoms can turn into major problems for diabetic patients.
At our clinics in Sunnyvale, DeSoto and Dallas, we emphasize regular care. Don’t wait until there’s a crisis. Call the clinic to schedule regular check-ups. Even pedicures should be handled professionally when your health is so much at stake.
Diabetes is not to be fooled with. Because it affects every cell in the body, the disease shows itself in variety of ways. At our clinics, we emphasize regular, ongoing professional attention. Any open sore is a reason to seek professional care. Even a pedicare should be handled professionally; a careless toenail clipping could cause a wound that then becomes a festering sore. There is no bar too low when your health is so much at risk.
Feet Are Vulnerable to Diabetes
At our clinics in DeSoto, Dallas or Sunnyvale, patients sometimes seem embarrassed to be asking for an exam when it’s only a small cut on the foot that just won’t heal. There is no cause for embarrassment; this is one of the major complications of diabetes.
Poor circulation means the blood and nutrients are not delivered to the foot as they are in healthy patients. In addition, nerve damage may mean that patients cannot feel any irritation when he or she is in fact rubbing against the inside of the shoe and making the situation worse!
A sore that doesn’t heal is an opportunity for infection to set in. In today’s complicated world, infections may be resistant to antibiotics. This set of circumstances is why too many diabetic patients end up as amputees.
In addiction to wearing ‘smart’ shoes— no, we are not referring to the latest styles— it’s vital to care for your feet, lovingly and vigilantly. Self-examination should be a nightly ritual. Wash your feet and dry them thoroughly, checking between the toes and on the bottoms of your feet for any cuts or blisters. Elevate your legs while watching TV, and don’t sit for long periods with your legs crossed, which inhibits circulation.
Infinity Offers Expert Advice on Diabetic Feet
In general, diabetic patients should get in the habit of babying their feet. Wear shoes and socks at all times. Don’t go barefoot at the beach where you might burn the soles. Test the water before stepping into the bath. Never use a hot water bottle, heating pad or electric blanket. It’s too easy to scorch your foot without realizing it.
While diabetes may affect your feet, it is a life-threatening ailment. These days, diabetes management involves the whole body and an entire lifestyle. This means following the doctor’s orders about diet, exercise, and controlling blood sugar. While doctors diagnose and treat the symptoms, it is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to manage his or her life. We can only offer expert advice and treatment.
Diabetes should be viewed as a potentially fatal disease, requiring serious management by doctor and patient. While we offer expert advice and treatment, ultimately it is up to the patient to take responsibility for his or her well-being. Without your cooperation, we are only treating symptoms and not managing the disease.
Remember: Something as simple as an ingrown toenail or a blister on the heel of your foot can loom large in the long term.
Make a New Year’s resolution to take good care of the patient. We will do the same!