An infected cut on the foot is a potentially dangerous complication in patients who have diabetes. Due to peripheral nerve damage, patients who have diabetes may not be able to feel any pain from cuts and injuries. The only way to tell if a wound has occurred is via visual inspection. Wounds that aren’t caught in time can become gangrenous and lead to amputation of a toe or even an entire foot in severe cases. If you have diabetes, make regular visits with your foot doctor to avoid and prevent complications.
Three simple tips to help you treat and prevent foot ulcers:
1) Perform daily foot inspections—Checking your feet carefully every day is probably the most important step for diabetic patients to follow. Catching cuts before they worsen is essential. Be sure to check the bottoms (using a mirror) and between the toes.
2) Keep your feet clean and dry—Wash your feet at least once per day with warm water and mild soap. Keeping your feet clean will help avoid bacterial and fungal infections. When you dry your feet, be careful to dry between the toes since moisture tends to get trapped there and infections can start.
3) Wear the correct shoes with orthotic inserts—Wear the right diabetic shoes and custom made orthotic inserts that are specifically made for diabetic foot problems. They can divert pressure from wounds while they heal and can help prevent problems from starting in the first place.
If you are experiencing arch pain, see your foot doctor for an evaluation and proper treatment. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX (county of Dallas), is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.