When we hear of diabetes and feet it usually isn’t a good combination. Diabetes can lead to ulcers (skin sores), poor circulation, and nerve damage. Treating these problems before they get worse is the key to improving your foot health and steering clear of a toe or foot amputation. One thing a person with diabetes can do is to examine their feet on a daily basis. It is easy for an ulcer to go unnoticed if there is poor circulation and feeling in the feet. An ulcer can develop unnoticed and can quickly cause severe nerve damage and sometimes the only treatment option is amputation.
Another way to keep your feet healthy with diabetes is to keep shoes on in your house and make sure you are wearing clean, dry socks. Moisture is a big danger to those with diabetes, and can lead to infection.
Also, schedule regular check-ups with your podiatrist. This is key to staying away from amputation. Don’t think you can fix an ulcer on your own. They are serious and need to be handled by a professional.
Dr. Evan Merrill has been treating patients with diabetes for over twenty years now, and is an expert in wound care and treating and improving your foot health. If you suffer from diabetes and are needing a specialist to help with your foot check out Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle today. You can make an appointment by calling 541-776-3338 or request an appointment online.