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Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Tuesday, 12 March 2024 00:00

Diabetes requires ongoing medical care beyond controlling blood sugar. Foot ulcers, a common complication, pose serious health risks. 19% to 34% of people with diabetes are likely to develop a foot ulcer at least once in their lifetime. There is a 2% yearly incidence of diabetic patients developing foot ulcers, with high recurrence rates after healing. Poor foot care raises the risk of a diabetic patient developing ulcers, infections, and amputations. Studies show varied foot care practices globally can contribute to injury risk. These include infrequent foot and shoe checks, inadequate foot hygiene, and walking barefoot. To reduce diabetic foot complications, patients need education on proper foot care, regular check-ups, and to avoid risky behaviors, like walking barefoot or wearing improper footwear. If you are a diabetic, it is strongly suggested that you make regular visits with a podiatrist for routine examinations and care.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Howard Waxman, DPM from Pleasant Valley Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Willoughby Hills and Broadview Heights, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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