TORONTO CHIROPODIST DISCUSSES DIABETES AND YOU FEET
posted: Apr 13, 2014.
Diabetes and Your Feet
The Role of Your Chiropodist
Because diabetes is a systemic disease affecting many different parts of the body, ideal case management requires a team approach. The Chiropodist, as an integral part of the treatment team, has documented success in the prevention of amputations. The key to amputation prevention in diabetic patients is early recognition and regular foot screenings, at least annually, from a podiatrist.
In addition to these check ups, there are warning signs that you should be aware of so that they may be identified and called to the attention of the Chiropodist. They include:
• Skin color changes
• Elevation in skin temperature
• Swelling of the foot or ankle
• Pain in the legs
• Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal
• Ingrown and fungal toenails
• Bleeding corns and calluses
• Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel • Wound Healing
Ulceration is a common occurrence with the diabetic foot and should be carefully treated and monitored by a Chiropodist to avoid amputations. Poorly fitted shoes, or something as trivial as a stocking seam, can create a wound that may not be felt by someone whose skin sensation is diminished. Left unattended, such ulcers can quickly become infected and lead to more serious consequences. Your podiatrist knows how to treat and prevent these wounds and can be an important factor in keeping your feet healthy and strong. New to the science of wound healing are remarkable products that have the appearance and handling characteristics of human skin. These living, skin-like products are applied to wounds that are properly prepared by the podiatrist. Clinical trials have shown impressive success rates.
If You Have Diabetes Already . . . Do:
Wash feet daily.
Using mild soap and lukewarm water, wash your feet in the mornings or before bed each evening. Dry carefully with a soft towel, especially between the toes, and dust your feet with talcum powder to wick away moisture. If the skin is dry, use a good moisturizing cream daily but avoid getting it between the toes.
Inspect feet and toes daily.
Check your feet every day for cuts, bruises, sores or changes to the toenails, such as thickening or discoloration. If age or other factors hamper self-inspection, ask someone to help you, or use a mirror.