Why Is It Important for People With Diabetes to Focus on Foot Care?

Many folks who have been diagnosed with diabetes are unaware of the importance of good foot health. They are surprised by the fact that meeting with a podiatrist is a routine aspect of diabetes management. But if you think about it, good foot healthcare for diabetes makes a lot of sense. Here’s why:

  • The feet undergo a lot of stress and pressure from carrying your weight around every single day.
  • That stress is compounded from wearing ill-fitting shoes that can restrict normal blood flow.
  • If you are not particular about regularly trimming your toenails or are careless when trimming nails, you can easily scratch or cut yourself.
  • Each of these cases can lead to the feet getting infected from a wound, and because healing is slower in diabetics, the risk of developing infections is much higher.
  • If you already suffer from other foot conditions like athlete’s foot, or any other form of infection, being diabetic again increases your risk for the infections progressing and becoming more severe.

You can avoid all these unpleasant situations by ensuring stellar foot health – something that a podiatrist can help you with.

Health Risks of Ignoring Good Foot Care

Failure to maintain good foot healthcare could lead to a number of health risks. These include the following:

Poor Circulation

Poor circulation can lead to swelling, cramping, and pain while walking. In addition to causing considerable discomfort, symptoms associated with poor circulation can affect your quality of life.

Wounds Heal Slowly

One of the reasons why diabetes is considered so dangerous is because it impacts the immune system. Among diabetic patients, wounds, even small wounds or scratches take longer to heal. And as mentioned above, because healing is slow, even an insignificant cut could easily become infected and create problems.

Your feet are can sustain injuries via cracks, blisters and calluses, or scrapes – any of these could become persistent wounds which refuse to heal.

Developing Serious Infections

In patients with poor diabetes management, even a minor wound, if left untreated can lead to a full-blown health emergency. You could develop septicemia (blood infection) or cellulitis. Worst-case scenario – you could develop gangrene.

You don’t have to suffer through any of these serious health risks by focusing on following a good foot care routine and by regularly consulting with a professional podiatrist.

Consult With Your Podiatrist

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, one of the first things you need to do is book a session with your podiatrist. Your podiatrist can help diagnose and treat leg and foot-related conditions/complications that are diabetic specific. 

The second thing you must do is regularly visit your podiatrist, so they can assess the condition of your feet and rule out any health risks. 

Are You Suffering From Diabetic Feet In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're suffering from diabetic feet you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.