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A General Guide To Protecting Your Feet From Diabetic Complications

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If you have diabetes, you know how important is to protect your feet and keep them healthy and how vital it is to see your podiatrist on a regular basis. If you see your podiatrist every six months, it will help to detect any changes in your feet early before they become a serious problem.

While you are at your appointment, your podiatrist will also check your feet for any general foot conditions that may lead to problems in the future and tell you how to monitor your own feet so you know if you are having problems in between appointments.
So, other than keeping up with your podiatrist appointments how do you protect your feet and keep them healthy from diabetic complications? Here is a general guide:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Inspect your feet every day for changes or problems
  • If you notice any changes in your feet, such as something not healing or a red swollen area, see a podiatrist immediately
  • Avoid walking barefoot and protect your feet from injury
  • Keep your feet clean
  • Maintain acceptable blood sugar level control
  • Don’t smoke
  • Have any foot problems treated by a podiatrist, don’t try ‘bathroom surgery.'
  • If you have any concerns whatsoever, contact your podiatrist
  • Wear well-fitting shoes

Most diabetic foot problems occur when injuries are sustained and go unnoticed or when an infection sets in and is not noticed or treated. Healing can also be delayed due to poor circulation. Poor circulation slows healing because blood provides energy to muscles and aids in healing tissue damage.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.

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