Preventing a Diabetic Ulcer
Foot care should be part of diabetic patients’ every-day routine. Foot ulcers are a common, seemingly benign, issue that often afflicts diabetic patients. Foot ulcers are open wounds that typically form on the bottom of the feet. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, 15 percent of diabetic patients suffer from ulcers and 6 percent are hospitalized due to ulcer-related infections. Occasionally, these infections even lead to amputation. Research has shown that these ulcers are preventable.
Follow these tips and regularly schedule visits to your podiatrist to minimize the chances of ulcers or infection.
- Check your feet daily – use a mirror to check for cuts, punctures, or bruises. It’s important to check the sole of your foot thoroughly since that is where ulcers typically start. Don’t forget to check between the toes too!
- Keep your feet clean – use a mild soap and warm water to wash your feet. Clean, dry feet are less likely to develop ulcers.
- Manage your blood sugar – follow your doctor’s recommended dietary guidelines and do a regular check on your glucose levels.
- Quit smoking – smoking decreases blood circulation by constricting your blood vessels. This can lead to more rapidly forming ulcers, along with other health complications.
- Limit your alcohol intake – alcohol can promote or accelerate nerve damage, which can lead to infections, along with other potential health complications.
- Wear proper shoes – ensure your shoes are well-fitting and aren’t causing friction by being too tight or too loose.
- Try orthotics – Ask us about specially designed shoes for our diabetic patients. Orthotic inserts can help with stability and comfort.
If you are a diabetic patient and notice an ulcer on your feet, seek medical attention right away. At Bay City Podiatry Associates, our well-respected foot doctor, Dr. Argiros Mantzoukas, can help treat the ulcer to minimize the chance of infection. Our offices conveniently located in Bensonhurst, South Brooklyn, and Bath Beach are equipped with advanced technologies and a dedicated, friendly staff. For any questions about diabetic foot care, or to schedule an appointment, call us today.