There is a strong relationship between diabetes and feet. Your feet not only provide an insight into your overall health in this regard, but they also present their own issues and challenges that could threaten your well-being. Here at Foot Specialists of Long Island, we care about your health and want to know that you are safe, so let’s look at the importance of daily diabetic foot inspections.
In part, the poor circulation that often accompanies diabetes makes it difficult for feet to receive the nourishment they need. Also contributing to the difficulties is the fact that blood sugar issues can lead to damaged nerves (neuropathy). When peripheral neuropathy enters the picture—as it does for over half of all diabetic individuals—it interferes with the body’s ability to communicate when problems arise.
Since neuropathy means that you might not be able to notice if you step on a tack, for example, you need to rely on other ways to recognize potential health risks. Your best tool for doing so is to perform a daily diabetic foot inspection.
At the end of the day, before you go to bed, take the time to wash your feet with warm (not hot!) water and mild soap. Keeping your feet clean is an important part of diabetic foot care, but it also enables you to easily see issues.
When examining your feet, be ready to note any issues like warts, blisters, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, or discoloration. Use your hands or fingers to identify if there are any temperature issues. Feet that are too cold indicate a circulation problem.
If you are unable to see the bottoms of your feet easily, use a mirror or enlist the help of a loved one. It is important to inspect the whole foot, plus the soles are common locations for plantar warts and calluses that could potentially break down into dangerous ulcers.
If you live with diabetes and do not have a diabetic foot care plan in place, come get the help you need from Foot Specialists of Long Island. We can work together to create a plan that works for you and keeps you safe. Contact our Long Island, NY office today and schedule an appointment either by calling (516) 804-9038 or using our online form. We’re here to help Nassau County and surrounding communities!