The goal of diabetic foot care is to prevent serious problems by catching them in the early stages, when they can still be treated effectively. Complications of diabetes include neuropathy (nerve damage) and poor circulation. These conditions make it harder to detect a blister or cut and slow down its healing time. That increases your risk of developing ulcers, infection, and possible amputations.
Take the time to keep your feet clean, dry, and moisturized; inspect them every day for any small injuries or other symptoms; and wear socks and shoes to prevent contact with anything that can damage them. This is so important, because keeping your feet healthy helps you stay active, which is an important way of managing diabetes. For excellent treatment of your foot problems and more tips on practicing good foot care at home, call Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. in Medford at (541) 776-3338 and set up an appointment with Dr. Evan Merrill. We want to help you keep your feet fit!