Diabetes Awareness Month and Your Feet

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month. This is when we take a moment to pause and look at how this insidious disease can impact our health. Millions of Americans suffer from diabetes, and it can be especially impactful on your feet. Don’t worry though, we’ll look at everything you need to know so you’re prepared to understand this condition.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where the body does not produce enough insulin. This means the body has a tough time breaking down sugar and starch into the energy your body needs. Luckily diabetes can be managed with the correct diet, a healthy lifestyle, and proper exercise.

Diabetic foot care is essential. People with diabetes are at increased risk of foot wounds and infections. Because diabetes can numb the feeling in the extremities you may not notice certain scrapes or wounds. In addition, when you do get a wound, diabetes may cause it to heal more slowly. This is because poor circulation impedes the blood flow necessary for healing. Finally, infections are common among people suffering from diabetes.

What Can You Do?

You can protect your feet with these simple foot care guidelines:

  • Inspect and wash your feet daily. Look for redness, swelling, cuts, blisters, and nail problems.

  • When washing your feet, use lukewarm water and dry gently, remember to clean between your toes.

  • Wear clean, dry socks and properly fitting shoes.

  • Don't go barefoot.

  • Trim your toenails carefully. Cut the nails straight across

For more tips, or if you are experiencing any foot issues, see your foot doctor for proper treatment and help to prevent complications. At Atlantic Foot and Ankle SpecialistsDr. Melissa Robitaille and Dr. Todd Newsom treat all types of foot and ankle disorders including, bunionshammertoesingrown toenails, and heel pain. Equipped with leading-edge technologies such as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) and laser surgery for toenail fungus, we provide specialized, compassionate service for patients in the Pooler, Georgia area of Chatham County. For any pain and discomfort you are experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact us today at (912) 988-3323.

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