Do you suffer from diabetes? If so, you are most likely aware that you need to be vigilant about taking good care of your feet. Dr. Stephen Geller, at Desert Foot Surgeons, is an expert at treating diabetic foot problems and wounds. When someone has diabetes, it is important that they work every day to keep their feet healthy by quickly treating any foot infection that may arise. Our Phoenix diabetic podiatrist stands ready to help you should a potentially dangerous situation arise regarding a foot infection.
The most important thing a diabetic can do to avoid having foot infections become serious, is first of all to try your best to control your blood sugar levels. Of course, foot infections can occur even with the best of intentions and preventive care. Because diabetes can cause nerve damage at the bottom of your feet, and reduce blood flow, a simple injury can turn into a major infection. Even a blister or a sore can become dangerous, leading to infection that could ultimately put you at risk for an amputation. Your Phoenix diabetic podiatrist will be able to help you with early care and treatment for any new or emerging foot problems or infections.
Some guidelines that diabetics can follow to prevent foot problems include: look at your feet daily to check for cuts, blisters or nail issues; keep your feet clean by washing them in lukewarm water; dry feet using a soft washcloth and dry between toes; moisturize your feet to prevent skin from cracking, but do not moisturize between toes; cut toenails carefully; do not treat corns or callus yourself; wear clean and dry socks; shake any pebbles or items out of your shoes before putting them on; don’t walk barefoot; don’t smoke; and get periodic foot exams with our Phoenix diabetic podiatrist, Dr. Geller. When it comes to diabetes and foot problems, the old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” has never rung truer. At the first sign of any foot problems, make an appointment to visit Dr. Geller for a diabetic foot exam. Dr. Geller will be able to recognize any potential foot problems that may be brewing, and treat them before they become a major health issue for you.