Diabetic Foot Care
While most of us put our entire weight on our feet daily for some the pain can be unbearable but often manageable. Podiatry Associates of Florida treats an overwhelming amount of patients suffering from pain caused by Diabetes. Diabetics are more prone to various foot problems than those without diabetes due to the development of painful nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. “Sadly, Neuropathy can affect your entire body,” said Dr. Barry Efron, Podiatrist at the Orange Park Podiatry Associates of Florida location. “The damage to your nerves can cause the loss of feeling in your feet. This numbness makes it difficult to detect extreme temperatures and pain and also make diabetics more prone to serious cuts, wounds, burns and infections.
Millions of Americans suffer from diabetes and diabetics in Northeast Florida are finding help at Podiatry Associates of Florida’s eleven area locations. While the podiatrists are able examine and assist patients with diabetic foot care there are some at-home steps you can take to help improve the problem
Clean Your Feet
Wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap. Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly. To prevent cracks, you can apply a gentle moisturizer.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose and wear clean, dry socks every day
Trim your toenails
Be sure to avoid ingrown toenails which can get infected by keeping your nails trimmed neatly.
Examine your feet daily
Noticeable changes in your feet should be a warning sign. If you notice a change in skin color or temperature or experience pain or swelling, call Podiatry Associates of Florida to ensure it is not something more serious
Podiatry Associates of Florida has eleven area locations across Northeast Florida. Call us today to schedule an appointment at a location convenient to you.