Diabetic Foot Care in Bentonville, AR

Diabetic Foot Care, Bentonville ARIt is true that diabetics are more prone to various foot problems than those without diabetes.  This is due to the development of painful nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect your entire body, but most often the legs and feet are the most prone areas to serious health complications. 

The damage to your nerves can cause the 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.

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.

Examine your Feet Daily

Careful inspection of your feet on a regular basis is one of the easiest, least expensive and most effective measures for preventing foot complications. By examining your feet daily, and after every injury, you are taking a crucial step to preventing serious foot problems. Noticeable changes, such as temperature, skin color, pain, or swelling may be warning signs for poor circulation or loss of sensation that could potentially lead to something more serious.

Annual examinations by Dr. Sheehan are also vital for any of our patients with diabetes. A podiatrist can provide a more thorough exam and detect any signs of changes, such as broken skin or ulcers that can be detrimental to the health of your feet and body. Your podiatrist can also check for areas of high pressure or loss of blood circulation.

Clean Your Feet

For our patients in Grove & Bentonville with diabetes, it is important to keep your feet clean. Wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap. After washing, make sure you dry your feet thoroughly, especially in-between the toes. You may also 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 cut your own bunions or corns as this can lead to infection, as well. Instead, remember to 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

Diabetes is serious, especially when your feet are involved. Early detection and simple care are just a few things that can be done to control and prevent complications as they arise.

Your podiatrist, Dr. Sheehan plays a critical role in the prevention and management of complications of the foot in diabetics. Call and schedule an appointment today to see what you can do now to keep your feet safe, strong, and healthy.

For more information on Diabetic Foot Care in Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK, contact Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America by filling our Contact Form or calling (479) 224-6411 today!

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Bentonville, AR

Ankle & Foot Centers
of Mid-America

Bryan M. Sheehan, DPM

Bentonville, AR Podiatrist
Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America
1000 SE. Walton Blvd., Suite 16
Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 224-6411
 
Grove, OK Podiatrist
Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America
1200 NEO Loop, Suite A
Grove, OK 74344
(918) 787-6893

 

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