What your foot doctor in Bentonville and Grove wants you to know
When you have diabetes, you have to take special care of your body, including your feet. That’s because diabetes is a serious medical condition that dramatically affects your entire body, but it’s especially hard on your extremities, including your feet. Dr. Bryan Sheehan at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America wants to share how to take care of your feet if you have diabetes. He has two convenient office locations in Bentonville, AR, and Grove, OK, to help you.
Diabetes is a common problem, affecting over 29 million people in this country, according to the American Diabetes Association. The effects of diabetes are far-reaching, causing problems with several main body systems including the nervous, circulatory, and immune systems.
Diabetes can cause many different problems with your feet, including:
- Small cuts and blisters that won’t heal
- Diabetic ulcers and other open wounds
- Stabbing nerve pain in your feet and toes
- Lack of adequate blood flow which can cause tissue death
- Amputations of toes and feet
- Loss of sensation in your feet, making it easy to hurt your feet
All of these diabetes-related problems can cause difficulty walking and standing. Diabetes can dramatically reduce your quality of life. So, how can you protect and take care of your feet when you have diabetes? There are a few simple, but important steps to take every day, including:
- Checking your feet with a small hand mirror; look at the tops, sides, and soles of your feet checking for small cuts, blisters, or other injuries.
- Washing and drying your feet thoroughly using mild soap and warm water.
- Applying thick moisturizing cream or lotion to your feet and toes; keep your feet from developing cracks due to dry skin.
- Keeping your toenails trimmed straight across to avoid developing ingrown toenails.
- Stretching your ankles, feet, and toes to increase mobility, circulation, and flexibility
Don’t let diabetes take over your feet. A little bit of extra care for your feet can enhance your life. For more information about diabetic foot care call Dr. Sheehan at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America, with offices in Bentonville, AR, and Grove, OK. Call today!