How your podiatrist in Woodbridge, VA, can help you and your feet when you have diabetes
If you are diabetic, you already know it can have some serious consequences. Diabetes can cause immune, nervous, and circulatory system problems, which can dramatically affect your extremities, especially your feet. Dr. Ranieri at Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, offers comprehensive foot care services including treatment for your diabetic feet.
If you are diabetic, you need to know the facts about diabetic foot care. These are just a few frequently asked questions about diabetic foot care:
When I have diabetes, what kind of changes can happen to my feet?
Diabetes-related changes to your immune system can mean that any injuries to your feet might not heal, and you might be more prone to infections. Nervous system problems can cause you to lose sensation in your feet. That means you can injure or burn your feet and not feel it. Circulatory system problems can cause a lack of blood flow, leading to an increased risk of amputations of toes or feet.
When I have diabetes, what should I do to care for my feet?
You should take good care of your feet by following these steps daily:
- Gently wash and dry your feet to help prevent infections
- Apply moisturizing cream to prevent dry, cracked skin
- Examine your feet every day for any injuries
- Apply topical antibiotic cream to prevent infection
- Bandage any injured areas to prevent infection
- Gently stretch your arches, feet, and toes to improve circulation
When I have diabetes, how can my podiatrist help my feet?
You should visit your podiatrist regularly and have your feet examined. Your podiatrist can diagnose any issues while they are small and easily treatable. Early diagnosis and treatment are the keys to keeping your feet healthy, especially when you have diabetes.
To learn more about diabetic foot care and how it can help your feet, call Dr. Ranieri of Lake Ridge Podiatry in Woodbridge, VA, at (703) 491-2603. Call today!