Caring for your feet is an essential part of your health care if you have diabetes. Partnering with professionals like Jason Cohen, DPM, Sandeep Garcha, DPM, and their team at Cohen & Garcha Podiatry, LLP, can help ensure that your feet remain healthy. The practice has offices in Nanuet, Jamaica, and Bronx, New York. Call today to set up an initial visit, or try the easy online scheduling tool.
Diabetes is a chronic condition characterized by high levels of blood glucose (sugar). This disease takes an enormous toll on your body, including most of your organs and systems.
Circulation problems are common among diabetics. Without proper blood flow, it’s difficult for tissues to get the nourishment they need to thrive. Diabetes also slows or cripples the healing process, making it hard for your body to fight off infection and repair damaged tissue.
Most people routinely suffer minor cuts or sores on their feet, and their immune systems take care of these minor injuries with ease. However, people with diabetes often experience a rapid worsening of even minor foot injuries, even something as simple as torn cuticles or splinters in the soles of their feet.
Diabetic foot care is a partnership with a foot health professional that helps ensure your feet stay as healthy as possible. Learning to care for your feet at home is a primary benefit of working with a podiatrist.
Diabetics must thoroughly inspect their feet every day to ensure that no damage has been done to the skin on the soles of their feet or between their toes. Diabetes can damage your nerves and prevent you from feeling minor injuries, so it’s critical that you visually check for damage every day.
You should also carefully clean your feet daily and use moisturizer to hydrate your skin. Wearing absorbent socks and regularly changing them can keep your feet dry, which also helps prevent sores and tissue damage.
Your podiatrist checks your feet for signs of damage. If you develop a sore or another opening in the skin, professional care can treat the problem before a severe infection sets in.
It’s important to understand that if you have diabetes, even minor injuries and sores can quickly develop into serious problems. With prompt and aggressive treatment, you can avoid an infection that could otherwise lead to the amputation of the affected foot.
It’s a good idea to meet with a podiatrist immediately after being diagnosed with diabetes. You should also come in if you find a sore or cut on your foot.
If you see any of these changes, you should visit the podiatrist immediately for diabetic foot care:
Your podiatrist is an invaluable part of your diabetic care team. As your diabetes either worsens or improves, your podiatrist will change your foot care to meet your changing needs.