Each year, an estimated 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. At Houston Foot and Ankle Care in Houston, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Maislos, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS, and Dr. Lin, DPM are aware that diabetes heightens the risk of foot-related complications such as narrowed blood vessels, loss of feeling, and infections. Our podiatry experts specialize in diabetic foot care and provide comprehensive and personalized consultations. To learn more, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Diabetic Foot Care Q & A
How does diabetes affect the foot?
Diabetes is a high blood glucose disorder that affects the ability of your body to properly utilize glucose, or sugar, an energy source from food. Diabetes can affect your foot, leading to complications in the extremity such as:
- A loss of feeling
- Small blisters and wounds
- Weakened immune system
- Impaired sweat and oil production
- Hardened and narrowed blood vessels
- Decreased blood flow and slower healing
In severe cases, if left untreated, diabetes can lead to gangrene, amputation, and become life-threatening.
How can I prevent diabetic foot complications?
Working with a trained podiatrist who specializes in diabetic foot care such as Dr. Maislos can help to prevent diabetic foot complications and improve your foot health. Dr. Maislos emphasizes a healthy lifestyle with a nutrient-rich diet and regular exercise. To prevent complications and take care of your feet at home, pay attention to them every day and inspect them by:
- Using moisturizers to soothe dry skin
- Examining the soles of your feet with a mirror
- Washing your feet with warm water and mild soap
- Looking for puncture wounds, redness, ingrown toenails, calluses, cuts, dry skin, bruises, and corns
You should also look out for athlete’s foot, a contagious fungal infection, as well as bunions, hammertoes, and plantar warts, which are small bumps on the soles of your feet.
Avoid walking barefoot and soaking your feet for too long in water as it can dry out your skin. Trim your toenails straight across and file your nails frequently.
For footwear that fits comfortably and properly, athletic and walking shoes are a good choice. Make sure your socks are padded, clean, and dry, and be sure to avoid any shoes that are made of vinyl or plastic or that have high heels and pointed toes.
What are the benefits of diabetic foot care from a podiatrist?
Dr. Maislos provides diagnostic imaging such as X-rays and conducts physical examinations. Diabetic foot care offers many benefits. Dr. Maislos recommends the appropriate antibiotics for an infection and other effective treatment options, such as:
- Nail trimming
- Diabetic socks
- Custom orthotics
- Glucose monitoring
- Compression stockings
- Special casts and braces
- Specialized diabetic shoes
- Smoothing corns or calluses
- Anti-inflammatory medications
If necessary, Dr. Maislos can surgically remove damaged, dead, or infected tissue.
For the highest standard of preventive diabetic foot care that prevents serious complications from developing, call Houston Foot and Ankle Care or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.