Diabetes is a metabolic disease that results in high blood glucose and over 21 million Americans were diagnosed in recent years. Although the most significant part of treatment is managing blood glucose levels, diabetes also affects foot and ankle health tremendously and requires careful monitoring and care.
Proper foot care for people living with diabetes is essential in preventing many serious problems, which is why it is important to consult with an experienced foot care specialist on a regular basis. Dr. Gabriel Maislosat Houston Foot & Ankle Care is highly skilled in managing diabetic foot care and can diagnose and treat a variety of conditions related to diabetes, such as peripheral neuropathy, foot ulcers, calluses, and poor circulation.
In order to prevent these complications, here are important tips to follow for anyone with diabetes:
- Make it routine to inspect your feet everyday to check for any cuts or skin changes
- Keep your feet clean by washing them daily and dry them thoroughly
- Use lotions to keep feet moisturized, but careful not to apply them between the toes
- Never use hot water to wash your feet, as numbness can prevent you from feeling burns
- Keep toenails trimmed by cutting them straight across
- Cover your feet with socks and shoes at all times in order to protect them
- Wear custom orthotics to avoid calluses, corns, blisters, and ulcers
- Incorporate daily exercise into your routine to keep blood flowing
- See a foot care specialist on a regular basis for monitoring
Caring for your diabetes can be an overwhelming and difficult task, so make sure you seek help from healthcare professionals like a board-certified award winning podiatrist. Dr. Maislos has been treating patients in Southwest Houston area for many years and has successfully helped diabetic patients manage their foot health. At Houston Foot & Ankle Care, we have state-of-the-art technologies to help treat all types of injuries and conditions, so if you suspect diabetes, have fungal nails or bunions, Dr. Maislos is here to help! Schedule an appointment online or by phone by calling (713) 541-3199.