Foot ulcers are of particular concern for people with diabetes, as non-healing sores on feet are one of the main reasons for foot amputation. Avoiding a diabetic foot wound is your best option, as treatment isn’t always effective. To protect your feet:
- Control your glucose levels. Uncontrolled blood sugar can cause poor circulation and nerve damage—both of which increase your risk of ulcers.
- Check your feet every day. Damaged nerves may mean you can’t sense an injury (blister, small cut). Left untreated, they can become open wounds, so check your feet visually and by touch each day to catch problems early.
- Wear shoes, and make sure they fit. Shoes protect your feet from hot pavement or sharp objects, but they can also lead to friction, toe deformities, and blisters if they don’t fit or support your feet properly.
- Get periodic foot checkups. A podiatrist is an important part of your diabetic care team. We can monitor foot issues and treat problems that crop up with the best standards of care.
Yuko Miyazaki, DPM in Berkeley offers excellent diabetic foot care for patients in the East Bay area. Call us at (510) 647-3744 today and we’ll help you keep your feet healthy!