Diabetes affects millions of people in the United States. If you are one of the many who suffer from this ailment, take control of your body before your symptoms get worse. Here are a few steps you can take to prevent or slow down the effects of diabetes on your feet.
Check Your Feet Daily for Abnormalities
This includes cuts, sores, blisters, redness, discoloration, toenails that are infected, or calluses. Sometimes symptoms of diabetes will manifest without pain, so these small indicators could be very useful in early detection, prevention and treatment of your feet. If you see any pus, increased pain level, or abnormal warmth, contact your Great Neck podiatrist right away.
Monitor Your Blood Glucose Level
If you have diabetes you should be frequently checking your blood glucose level and aiming to keep it as close to the given target number as possible. If you have not set a goal with your doctor, you should make an appointment right away.
Visit Your Podiatrist At Least Once a Year
If you already have foot problems, you should see your podiatrist more frequently. Here at Great Neck Family Foot Care in Great Neck, NY, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Alec Hochstein and Dr. Diana Gagliano provide quality care to patients with various diabetic induced foot ailments. Treatments are provided for mild to severe symptoms.
Smoking is an unhealthy habit in general, but smoking with diabetes can be a deadly combination. Smoking restricts the blood vessels making it difficult for the proper amount of oxygen and nutrients to reach the rest of your body. Continuous smoking can increase your risk of amputation (as well as heart attack, stroke, nerve disease and kidney disease among other things.)
Diabetes is a serious disease, but preventative care can make a huge impact on your quality of life in the long run. Certain symptoms can be avoided altogether if you consult your podiatrist and stick to a healthy, long-term plan. If you are suffering from diabetic foot ailments or have any additional questions on diabetic foot care or prevention, call our office at 516-482-5999 or contact us online to request an appointment.