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How your podiatrist in Baltimore, MD, can help your feet
While you may not regularly think about how diabetes affects your feet, the truth is, the condition can have serious consequences on them if not treated properly. Read on to learn more about proper diabetic foor care, and call Dr. Edward Orman at Honeygo Podiatry in Baltimore, MD, for a personalized medical approach.
More about Diabetic Foot Care
Your body needs special care if you have diabetes, and this includes your feet. These are just a few of the ways that diabetes can affect them:
- Diabetes can compromise your immune system, making it difficult for wounds to heal. That means a small blister or cut can turn into an infection or a large and painful diabetic ulcer.
- Diabetes can compromise your circulatory system, resulting in impaired blood flow to organs and extremities, including your feet. When tissue doesn’t receive adequate blood flow, the tissue can begin to die, which can lead to amputations of toes.
- Diabetes can also compromise your nervous system, which means if you injure your feet, you may not realize it. You can burn, cut, or bruise your feet and not even know it. Diabetes can also cause painful diabetic neuropathy, a condition resulting in nerve pain in your feet and other extremities.
The good news is, you can do a lot to improve the self-care of your feet. Remember to:
- Do daily stretches of your feet, ankles, and toes
- Wash your feet every day and apply moisturizing lotion
- Examine your feet every day, with an eye towards sores, blisters, and other tissue injuries
- Clean and bandage any cuts, blisters, or sores
- Avoid going barefoot; wear socks and shoes, especially if you are active
Your podiatrist can help keep you and your feet stay healthy, so remember to visit your podiatrist often for a thorough foot exam and evaluation.
Give Us a Call!
If you are one of the over 29 million people in the U.S. with diabetes, it's essential to see a podiatrist to ensure the health of your feet. To learn more about diabetic foot care, call Dr. Edward Orman at Honeygo Podiatry in Baltimore, MD, today! The number is (410) 529-4141.
It is important to raise awareness for diabetes, but what does that mean for your feet? If you have diabetes, you may understand the importance of proper care and maintenance of your blood sugar levels. However, did you know that the health of your feet directly relates to your diabetes as well?
Your podiatrist understands the importance of diabetic foot care, which is why they continue to raise awareness for the importance of proper diabetic foot care. Your podiatrist is available to provide you with some helpful tips for caring for your feet if you suffer from diabetes. Let’s take a look at some helpful tips.
The 5 Helpful Tips for Diabetic Foot Care
The importance of understanding how to care for your feet, whether you have diabetes or not, can't be underestimated. Here are the top 5 tips your podiatrist wants to emphasize for diabetic foot care:
- Inspect Your Feet Daily – When it comes to your feet, daily inspection is vital in the maintenance of your health. Even the smallest prick can cause immense pain and infection.
- Wash Your Feet in Lukewarm Water – Do not wash your feet in ice cold water or scalding hot water, as these can cause harm to your feet. When washing, remember to use lukewarm water so that you do not irritate your feet.
- Cut Your Nails Carefully – By taking care when you cut your nails, you can prevent ingrown toenails, while also preventing cuts or other complications. Make sure to cut your nails straight across, rather than curved or at an angle.
- Never Treat Corns or Calluses Yourself – We all know how tempting it can be to perform home surgery on your corns or calluses, but please refrain from doing so! By attempting to treat your corns or calluses, you are putting the health of your feet at risk for infection and other complications.
- Take Care of Your Diabetes – This tip may seem like an obvious one, but we cannot reiterate it enough—take care of your diabetes. If you properly care for your diabetes, you are paving the way for health and success.
By following these guidelines laid out by your podiatrist, we hope that you will continue to take care of your feet. If you have diabetes, constant monitoring of your feet is very important. Remember to look for puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters and ulcers, and to contact us immediately if you notice any of these things.
Diabetes can cause serious foot problems. Even ordinary foot problems can become worse and cause serious complications. Dr. Edward Orman at Honeygo Podiatry in Perry Hall and Fallston, MD, provides exceptional diabetic foot care to his patients. Here are seven smart tips for diabetic foot care.
1. Examine your feet.
You may have foot issues, but feel no discomfort in your feet. Examining your feet each day will help you spot problems early before they get worse. Search for problems such as scabs, athlete's foot, calluses, corns, ingrown toenails, blisters, sores, plantar warts, cuts, or red spots. Look for signs of decreased blood flow, such as temperature variation, abnormal hairlessness, and thin or shiny skin.
2. Wash your feet.
Wash your feet every day, preferably with mild soap and warm water, not hot water. After washing and drying your feet, put talcum powder between your toes. This will keep the skin dry and help to prevent an infection.
3. Keep your skin soft.
Moisturize after washing and drying your feet to keep your skin soft and smooth. Coat your feet with a small amount of petroleum jelly, hand cream, or lotion on the tops and bottoms of your feet. Avoid rubbing creams between the toes.; moisture there can cause fungus growth.
4. Wear socks and shoes.
Wear socks and shoes all day. Do not walk around barefoot indoors or outdoors. It is easy to step on something and hurt your feet. You may not feel any discomfort and may not know that you hurt yourself. Wear footwear that protects your feet and fits well. Choose clean, comfortable socks that fit well. Seamless socks are best.
5. Trim your toenails.
Cut your toenails straight across and then using a file to give your nails a slight curve. The nails shouldn't dig down on the sides. Keep your nails at a moderate length. Short nails are more prone to becoming ingrown nails. Have your foot doctor cut your toenails if you cannot see or feel your feet.
6. Be more active.
Physical activity increases blood flow to the feet. Ask your foot doctor for safe ways to be more active each day. Move more by going bike riding, dancing or walking. If you are not very active, start slowly and work up. Wear athletic sneakers that fit well and are made for your activity.
7. See a Perry Hall and Fallston podiatrist.
Podiatrists are doctors specializing in foot and ankle care, including the treatment of diabetes-related problems. See your podiatrist every few months, even if you don't have any problems with your feet. Ask your podiatrist to check your feet at every visit. Your foot doctor will play a key role in helping you manage diabetes successfully and avoid diabetic foot problems.
Give your feet some TLC. Call Honeygo Podiatry at 410-529-4141 today to schedule an appointment in Perry Hall, MD. Call 410-877-3369 to schedule an appointment in Fallston, MD. Taking good care of your feet can prevent foot problems before they start!
People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don't know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation.
Foot Care for Diabetics
Simple daily foot care can help prevent serious health problems associated with diabetes.
We recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing foot complications:
- Wash feet daily. Keep feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry thoroughly.
- Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking, and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection.
- Trim your toenails carefully. Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance
- Never treat corns or calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment.
- Protect your feet from hot and cold.
- Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting, don't sit cross-legged, and stay active.
- Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling and nail problems. Contact our practice if you notice anything unusual, even the slightest change.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow in the feet
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and never walk barefoot
- Visit our practice for regular exams. Seeing a podiatrist at our office regularly can help prevent diabetic foot problems.
At our practice, we understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. Let's discuss simple ways you can reduce your risk of foot injuries. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you back on your feet so you can enjoy the things you love. Remember to inspect your feet every day. If you detect an injury, no matter how small, come in for an exam right away.
Inspect Your Feet Regularly
Small Foot Problems Can Lead to Bigger Problems
- Ulcers that don’t heal
- Cracked heels
- Ingrown toenails
Keep Your Feet Healthy with Proper Foot Hygiene
- Wash your feet daily with lukewarm water and mild soap, making sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
- Keep the skin on your feet smooth and soft by applying a non-irritating moisturizer, avoiding the areas between the toes. Doing so can help prevent cracks and sores that lead to infection.
- Avoid ingrown toenails than can get infected by keeping them neatly trimmed straight across.
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them every day.
- Avoid walking barefoot to protect feet from harmful foreign particles.
- Never attempt to remove corns, calluses or other sores from your feet on your own. See your podiatrist for safe and pain-free removal.