Inspect your feet every day - top, bottom and in and around your toes.
Protect your feet!
Diabetics tend to lose nerve sensation and can lead to unwanted scrapes and cuts that will cause harm. Lastly, you want to have the best fitting shoes! Don't hold onto shoes that cause blisters. When you think about the cost of hospital admission, amputations or lost work time - it becomes obvious to spend more time treating you feet.
Regular diabetic foot exams are very important! Diabetics are 10% more at risk of amputations. An annual exam, AT THE LEAST, is one of your best preventative measures.
Diabetes is the number-one cause of neuropathy, damage to the nerves in your feet. Statistics show that 60–70 percent of those with diabetes suffer from neuropathy. This condition causes burning, tingling, or numbness in the feet, which could drastically alter a patient’s quality of life.
Seeing a podiatrist regularly is an important part of managing your condition and preventing complications. If you do experience a problem with your feet, your podiatrist is the best-qualified physician to treat it.
When you add Allentown Family Foot Care to your health-care team, we will provide you with important information so you're better able to manage the effects of diabetes on your feet.
Whether you've been diagnosed recently or have been fighting diabetes for years, the resources below will help you to monitor your feet and prevent complications.