People who suffer from diabetes struggle everyday to keep themselves healthy. They watch their nutrition, weight, and exercise and hope that they get good results from doing so. People who have diabetes often have foot problems that are linked directly to their disorder. One of the major problems they have are issues with their toenails. The toenail is there to help protect the foot from germs, disease and trauma. Unfortunately, some diabetics lose feeling in their feet over time from their disorder. This loss of feeling is called diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage). Since the nerves are damaged, the patient may not feel any problems that are occurring with their feet. Here are some tips and tricks to help prevent foot and toenail problems from getting too severe.
- Schedule regular foot exams with your podiatrist. – A podiatrist is a medically trained professional who is highly trained in the realm of feet and ankles. They often also have vast experience with diabetic foot and nail problems. Be sure to visit a podiatrist regularly so that they can monitor your feet and note any changes in your health. It could prevent you from suffering immensely in the long run.
- Examine your own feet every day. – Sometimes it’s hard to feel what is going on with your feet and they are easily left by the wayside. Stop and take a moment every day to just take a peek at them. Make sure there are no ulcers, wounds, or other infections that could make your health turn for the worse.
- Wear the right shoes. – Wearing the right shoes is extremely important. Shoes that fit poorly and hold in too much moisture can cause blisters. If a blister is left untreated, a diabetic could have an open festering wound that could lead to infection. This infection could lead to more severe problems if not remedied immediately.
- Care for your feet. – Make sure to cut your nails regularly to prevent ingrown toenails. Also, be sure to stay away from artificial nails as they harbor bacteria that could lead to open wounds and other infections.
Are your toenails discolored or thick? Are there blisters on your feet that look infected? It’s time to call Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle in Nature Coast, Florida where Dr. Lawrence J. Kales can examine your feet, diagnose any conditions, and create a treatment plan that bests suits you. We have “Good News for Foot and Ankle Pain … We Can Help!”. Just call 727-868-2128 or make an appointment online today.