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Diabetic foot care in the Wayne County, MI: Detroit (Hamtramck, River Rouge, Dearborn, Melvindale, Highland Park, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe, Lincoln Park, Allen Park, Redford Charter Twp)Diabetes can unfortunately cause many foot problems that often lead to a great deal of pain and discomfort. For example, poor circulation of the feet is often an issue among those with diabetes because it damages the nerves. When this occurs, it’s likely for one to develop peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy can make it feel like you have pins and needles in your feet. Others who have experienced this condition have also recalled a burning, tingling, or numbing sensation.

Diabetic Foot Prevention

Since nerves are often damaged due to diabetes, the issue of not feeling when a wound has developed can lead to serious complications. Minor cuts or scrapes on the foot may run the risk of getting infected if the feet are not checked daily for wounds. Diabetes may also reduce blood flow to the feet, which in turn can make it harder for wounds to heal. With that being said, it’s important you seek professional help for treating any foot ailments. To prevent yourself from running the risk of developing a serious foot condition, it’s recommended that you wash and dry your feet daily, cut your toenails carefully, keep your feet moisturized, check them regularly for any abnormalities, and keep your feet warm and dry.

There should be a focus on cleaning between the toes. Even if no pain is felt, the entire foot should be examined for redness and sores. Neuropathy can often mask the pain of sores and ulcers, and cause these conditions to be overlooked. Use a mirror to examine the underside of your feet if needed. It is recommended that diabetics wear will-fitting socks.

Diabetic Foot Treatment

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised. It is very important to keep your blood sugar levels in the normal range, which can be determined by your physician. There are medications that a physician may prescribe to help with neuropathy of the diabetic patient. It is also advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet such as ingrown toenails, which in more severe cases can cause infection.

For more advice on how to care for diabetic feet, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional care and a recommended treatment plan for any existing conditions.

Diabetic Foot Care (FAQs)

How does diabetes affect the feet? 
Diabetes is a systemic condition that affects multiple parts of the body—and the feet are no exception. Those with diabetes can be more likely to develop diabetic peripheral neuropathy and poor circulation. Neuropathy is a form of nerve damage that can lead to a loss of sensations in the feet. With a diminished ability to feel pain, small cuts, scrapes, or wounds can go undetected until they have progressed and become more serious. These wounds will also heal more slowly and poorly due to reduced circulation, which doesn’t allow enough blood and nutrients to travel to the damaged area. 
What are diabetic foot ulcers? 
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are wounds that can form on the lower limbs. These wounds usually heal slowly and poorly, and are at an increased risk of becoming infected. 
How can I prevent diabetic foot problems? 
If you have diabetes, maintaining the health of your feet is paramount. It is suggested that you inspect your feet daily for any cuts, scrapes, sores, or other injuries. Take note of changes in appearance, such as skin discoloration, hair loss, or deformities, and any new sensations, including pain, numbness, tingling, or changes in skin temperature. If you notice any symptoms, see a podiatrist as soon as possible. Early detection and treatment of foot problems will help prevent complications later on. 
When should I see the podiatrist for diabetic feet? 
If you have diabetes, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist regularly. This specialist can help you maintain the health of your feet—and therefore your mobility and independence—by detecting and treating any foot problems before they progress. A podiatrist can also help by treating any existing foot wounds and teaching you about how to prevent foot problems in the future. 

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