Diabetic Foot Care & Treatment

If you have Diabetic Foot Problems – Contact Dr. Mikkel Jarman, Podiatrist in Gilbert AZ a suburb of Phoenix. Call our office (480) 497-3946 if you have questions or want to schedule an appointment.

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Diabetic Foot Care Guidelines

Here we will focus only on how diabetes affects the feet and how the health issues it causes can lead to serious two-fold concerns and medical issues for your feet. Understanding prevention and treatment of diabetic foot problems before they affect your mobility is an extremely important part of guidelines for good Diabetic Foot Care daily practices.

If you have Diabetic Foot Problems – Contact Dr. Mikkel Jarman, Podiatrist in Gilbert AZ a suburb of Phoenix. Call our office (480) 497-3946 if you have questions or want to schedule an appointment.

What Happens to Your Feet when you have Diabetes:

1) It can reduce blood flow to your feet. This will deprive your feet important nutrients and oxygen making it difficult for sores, blisters, and cuts to heal.

2) It also causes damage to your nerves causing shooting pain and numbness in your feet. This condition is known as peripheral neuropathy which can lead to numbness and other conditions which can affect your feet.

It is very important to know all about foot problems associated with Diabetes as this will help you recognize the signs before your feet are completely affected. To have healthy feet, you need to schedule regular checkups with your foot doctor, recognize symptoms in your feet, practice good diabetic foot care, and examine your feet closely.

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Diabetes is One of The Common Reasons Why People Suffer From Painful Feet

There are four types of foot problems caused by diabetes that may affect your feet:

  • Circulation problems
  • Nerve problems
  • Frequent infections
  • Muscle and joint problems

People suffering from diabetes are more susceptible to bacterial, fungal and yeast infections because of the medical and nutritional changes taking place in the body. Two key principles make your daily plan for diabetic foot care a success: prevention and attention.

If you suffer from poor circulation or diabetic neuropathy, it is important to self-examine your feet every day. Doing this will help you take immediate action as soon as you spot described symptoms and complications affecting your feet hence helping you decrease the risk of foot ulcers and infections caused by diabetes.

Wear diabetic socks and shoes daily and use foot care products formulated for diabetics to help prevent foot ulcers, injuries and infections before they happen.

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Every Day Diabetic Foot Care Routine

Here are some of the guidelines and things you need to do daily to help ensure you have healthy feet:

  • Wash your feet with warm water and mild soap.
  • Refer to our Guidelines to Self-Examine Your Feet.
  • Instead of rubbing your feet to make them dry, pat them. Ensure that the area between each toe is dry as well as the entire foot.
  • Tip: To easily dry between your toes use a clean washcloth or a microfiber cloth pulled gently between each toe to remove excess moisture and then dry your entire foot.
  • There are foot lotions and creams meant for people with dry skin especially those suffering from diabetes. Apply cream or foot lotion to the top of each foot and don’t forget to apply it to the bottoms.

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Pay Close Attention

  • You have to pay close attention to the heels as they may get dry, split, and crack. Never apply the cream or lotion in between toes as that skin retains moisture and sweats naturally.
  • If you have a problem with sweaty feet, use foot powders (diabetic type) which will help inhibit bacterial growth.
    Look for any sand, pebbles, and other skin irritants inside your shoes before wearing them.
  • Wear the recommended diabetic shoes and socks designed for the condition all the time, no matter whether you are moving around within your own home or out and about, to help protect your feet.
  • Change your socks and shoes a couple of times a day and more often if your feet perspire. This will give your shoes interior area especially the soles the opportunity to dry and air out.
  • Consult with your foot doctor or podiatrist in your local area.

Contact Dr. Jarman, DPM located in Gilbert in the greater Phoenix area, he provides treatment and care for foot problems associated with diabetes. Read more in Part 1 in our blog series on Caring for Diabetic Feet.

See your Local Podiatrist in Phoenix area – Dr. Mikkel Jarman

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