Diabetic foot care involves more than a slight inspection and instead requires a diligent undertaking to ensure life-threatening complications are not easily allowed to develop. It’s very significant for diabetics to take care of open wounds on their feet with the utmost care. Diabetic foot ulcers develop as cracks in the skin of the foot uncover the tissue beneath. Ulcers are serious because of the lack of blood flow that makes them long-lasting. These types of diabetic foot ulcers take a long time to recover from since there are many compounding complications that can happen such as amputations if you’re not careful.
Steps to take for ulcer prevention:
- Have frequent check-ups with your medical provider.
- Get appropriate exercise to prevent excessive obesity.
- Wear shoes with interiors that are soft and can stretch to reduce unnecessary pressure from being placed on your feet. Diabetic shoes have many advantages from regular shoes because they are functional in design and have been well thought out to shorten the suffering from diabetic complications.
- Use orthotics that are lightweight to improve movement and to provide support to the arch and diminish pressure underneath your feet.
- Make sure your shoes have large toe boxes to prevent your toes from rubbing into each other while you are walking or running.
Here at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, will use every treatment option available to help your feet fight off the nastiness of diabetes. We have four offices conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. We look forward to providing you with advanced options for treatment so that you don’t have to suffer any longer. You might also want to check out our Patient Education for even further information that can be of use to you in fighting off diabetic foot ulcers and many other foot and ankle ailments.