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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 06, 2017
Category: Diabetic Feet
Tags: Ingrown Toenails   Ulcers   wounds   Charcot Foot  

Diabetic Risks for Diabetic Feet

  • A small blister simply from wearing the wrong shoe can seriously damage your foot.
  • Injuries heal very slowly and can become infected quickly.
  • If you forget to inspect your feet daily and miss something there can be serious consequences.

Taking Good Care

  • Trim your toenails straight across the top of your toe to avoid ingrown toenails.
  • Use a quality skin lotion to keep your feet soft and moist but avoid leaving any in-between your toes.
  • When purchasing your shoes, consider how they fit without having to break them in. They should be made of soft leather and fit loosely as to not contribute to poor circulation.
  • If your feet become numb, there is a high risk of developing Charcot foot which occurs in people who have neuropathy. It effects the bones and can ultimately change the shape of your foot.
  • Because circulation is a large concern with diabetes, make sure your socks are not restricting blood flow. Try square-toe socks and avoid elastic tops.
  • Wash your feet daily with mild soap and dry them thoroughly by patting them with a towel.
  • Keep your feet warm but do not put them directly into the heat.

Type of Wounds

  • Ulcers can be reversed with the right treatment but when infection sets into the bone, amputation is often the next step.
  • Blisters are somewhat rare but if left unattended they can erupt, so it is good to keep them clean.
  • Scratches and cuts should be monitored but if you keep them clean and covered they shouldn’t become an issue.
  • Bruises are not very harmful unless the skin breaks in which case you need to treat it as a cut.

Anyone who has diabetes can develop a foot ulcer due to a combination of factors, such as poor circulation, friction or pressure, trauma, foot deformities or just wear and tear from having diabetes. It can be a dire situation if any of these conditions progress, therefore, immediate attention is wise.

Mid – Michigan Foot and Ankle Center in Saginaw and Essexville can address your concerns right away so call us at 989-790-8009 and schedule an appointment today. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen specializes in Diabetic wounds and can help eliminate any further damage brought on by diabetes.

 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
March 29, 2017
Category: Diabetic Feet

Diabetes is a disease caused by high sugar levels in your blood stream which makes it harder to fight infection, especially in your feet.  Managing the diabetic foot is complicated and requires specialists working together to control your symptoms. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen has treated thousands of patients for acute and chronic diabetic wounds as a board certified wound care specialist in Michigan. Here are some facts and tips that may help you deal better with your disease.

Effects from Diabetes:

  • Any cut and soar on your feet can become infected much easier than someone without diabetes.
  • Nerve damage is very likely with this disease and can lead to loss of feeling in your feet.
  • Once an infection sets in from a simple cut it can take a long time to heal.
  • Diabetes lowers the amount of blood flow in your feet which contributes to numbness and nerve problems.
  • Bones can shift or break causing “rocker bottom” which is an anomaly of the foot.
  • In extreme cases gangrene or foot ulcers can develop and amputation may be the only option to keep the infection from spreading.

Basic Care Advice:

  • Consult both a podiatrist and a physician to make a self care plan for your diabetes.
  • Stay active to keep your blood flowing in your feet by walking, biking, etc.
  • Keep your toenails trimmed and wash your feet regularly.
  • Make sure your feet are checked with every visit to your general doctor.
  • Wear proper shoes and padded socks as often as possible if not daily.
  • Try not to cross your legs for too long as this can reduce blood flow.
  • Make sure your shoes do not have any sharp edges inside that can cause cuts or abrasions.

Look and Feel for:

  • Bumps, lumps, blisters or bruises.
  • Cut, sores and cracked skin.
  • Redness, or thin shiny areas on the skin.
  • Temperature differences can detect poor blood flow.
  • Ingrown toe nails that are red or tender.
  • Pain, tingling, numbness or lack of feeling completely.
  • Loss of hair on the feet or legs.

If you or a family member has any of these symptoms, please reach out to one of our locations either in Saginaw or Essexville Michigan without delay at 989-790-8009. Diabetes can be a very serious disease which requires special attention and Mid- Michigan Foot and Ankle Center can schedule an appointment to give you the treatment you need to maintain your health.