When it comes to standard foot care, there are standard practices in place to follow so that you can ensure your feet and ankles are kept healthy. With the diabetic foot, however, there are more issues that can arise and more precautions that must be followed to keep the patient healthy.
The diabetic foot is more vulnerable to foot problems. This is due to the fact diabetes can damage nerves and reduce blood flow to the feet, ankles and lower legs. Diabetes can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. If you loose feeling in your feet, you may not feel that little rock that has been inside your shoe for the past few days causing a blister to form, or the cut you received from an activity earlier in the day. This small blister or cut could lead to a more serious wound due to the lack of blood flow in the foot and ankle caused by diabetes.
Diabetic foot care is very important, but even more so if you have any of the following symptoms:
From the smallest cut to sores to blister, the diabetic foot can turn a small wound to a large problem. Podiatrists can assist in healing pre-exising wounds and give you directions on how to make sure you maintain proper foot care.
With proper care instructions you will follow from your Podiatrist, most serious health problems can be prevented. It is recommended that all individuals with diabetes should receive an annual Podiatric Examination to identify any high risk foot conditions that should be watched until your next annual examination.
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