Having dry skin with diabetes, especially on the feet, can be dangerous. This disease has a negative impact on the immune system, weakening it and diminishing the body’s natural ability to fight off infection. With this being the case, it is important for diabetic individuals to maintain healthy skin to reduce the risk of infection.
One of the easiest ways for bacteria to attack is through an opening into the body, like a cut or scrape. Another entry point happens when skin becomes excessively dry and cracks. When the fissure run deep enough, they create one of those openings that microorganisms can then use to infect the area. Left untreated, such an infection could potentially result in a necessary amputation.
If you live with diabetes, it is essential that you contribute to your foot health by taking the proper diabetic foot care steps every day. These are centered on prevention and early detection of issues, and we can help you create an effective plan to keep you safe and healthy. Contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C., today online or call our Medford, OR office at (541) 776-3338 to schedule an appointment.