Diabetes management often requires a team of experts to help monitor your symptoms and detect and treat any potential complications early. When it comes to foot problems related to diabetes, such as neuropathy, skin changes and poor circulation, your podiatrist plays an integral role in preventing, detecting and treating complications before they have a chance to become more serious. Take a look at how you can work with your podiatrist to stay on top of your foot health.
Common Signs of Foot Health Changes
First, it is important to be able to recognize potential signs and symptoms of diabetes-related foot health concerns. Some signs of potential foot problems can include:
- Changes in the color of the skin on your feet
- Dry cracks in the skin
- Swelling in the feet or ankles
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Sores or wounds on the feet that have trouble healing
- Calluses or corns
- Ingrown toenails
The Importance of Early Detection and Treatment
This is where working closely with your podiatrist comes in. If you notice any of the above signs of possible foot complications, contact your podiatrist as soon as possible for a thorough examination, accurate diagnosis and early treatment options. Not only can your podiatrist help to detect any complications early, but he or she can also help to monitor your symptoms over time to help prevent foot problems in the future.
How to Stay on Top of Foot Health with Diabetes
Outside of your regular visits with your podiatrist, there are some things you can do to help stay on top of your foot health, such as:
- Inspect your feet regularly, looking for any cuts, scrapes or bruises or changes in skin thickness or color.
- Don’t go barefoot, even indoors, to limit the risk of cuts and infections.
- Wear properly-fitting shoes and thick socks.
- Exercise regularly. Walking can help to improve circulation and manage weight.
For more information about how your podiatrist can help you manage diabetes-related foot problems or to schedule an appointment, call our Gaithersburg office at 301-948-2995 or get in touch online.