Foot Pain from Diabetes Treatment
Pain Treatment Options for Diabetics
Those with diabetes are prone to various foot problems due to the development of painful nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect your entire body but the legs and feet are the areas subject to serious health complications.
The damage to your nerves can cause loss of feeling in your feet, making it difficult to detect extreme temperatures and pain as easily, or readily, as someone who does not have diabetes. As a result, you could sustain a serious cut or wound and not even notice your foot is injured until an infection begins. Many diabetic foot problems can be prevented in some measure with improved blood sugar control and a strengthened immune system.
We Treat Peripheral Neuropathy and Relieve Foot Pain
If you are among one of the millions of people in the United States with diabetes, it is important to visit your podiatrist for regular foot examinations in order to maintain healthy feet and a strong body. We know the foot pain treatment you need to get back up and on your feet again.
Maintaining Foot Health
Examine Your Feet Daily
Careful inspection of your feet on a regular basis is one of the easiest and most effective measures to monitor your foot health. Noticeable abnormalities such as change in foot temperature, skin color, pain, or swelling may be warning signs for poor circulation or loss of sensation. Any of these symptoms could lead to something more serious.
Annual or bi-annual examinations by your podiatrist are extremely important as well. Podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle of Wisconsin may be able to detect complications not easily identified by the untrained eye.
Keep Your Feet Clean
With diabetes, it is important to keep your feet clean. Washing them daily with warm water and mild soap will help prevent dirt and bacteria from building up on your feet. Be sure to thoroughly dry your feet after any washing, especially in between the toes. Apply non-irritating moisturizer to prevent cracks and to keep your feet smooth.
Be sure to also avoid ingrown toenails, which can get infected, by keeping them trimmed neatly. If you are unable to cut your toenails safely, ask your podiatrist for professional assistance. And never attempt to pare your own bunions or corns as this can lead to infection, as well. To properly treat toe pain, please visit your podiatrist for safe and pain free removal.
To further protect your feet from harm, be sure to:
- Avoid smoking, as it reduces blood flow to your feet
- Buy comfortable shoes that are not too tight or too loose
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them everyday
- Never walk barefoot in order to protect your feet from harmful objects
Your podiatrist plays a critical role in the prevention and management of complications of the foot in diabetics. Talk to your podiatrist today to see what you can do now to keep your feet safe, strong, and healthy.
Contact our experienced, professional foot doctors to see what you can do now to keep your feet safe, strong, and healthy.