Diabetic Foot Care

A diabetes diagnosis brings with it unique challenges, particularly concerning foot and ankle health. Individuals with diabetes are at a heightened risk of complications from even minor injuries or wounds to their feet. This underscores the critical need for specialized care and preventive measures to ensure optimal foot health.

Why Foot Care is Crucial for Diabetics

Diabetes affects your body in various ways, including slowing down circulation due to elevated blood sugar levels. This compromised circulation can result in weakened bones, nerve damage (neuropathy), and a compromised immune system. These factors collectively increase the risk of foot problems and infections.

Understanding the Dangers of Diabetes to Your Feet

Foot issues are prevalent among people with diabetes, primarily due to two main complications: peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) and poor circulation.

Middle age man suffering for feet pain sitting on bed at bedroom

Peripheral Neuropathy and Its Consequences

  • Reduced Sensation: Nerve damage can diminish sensation in your feet, making it difficult to detect injuries or wounds.
  • Risk of Infections: Without prompt detection and treatment, open wounds can become infected, leading to severe complications.
  • Poor Blood Supply: Reduced blood flow to the feet hampers the healing process and increases the risk of additional complications.

Protecting Your Feet with Diabetes: Essential Tips and Steps

Daily Protection Tips

  • Inspect Your Feet: Perform a thorough examination of your feet daily to identify any cuts, blisters, or changes in skin color or texture.
  • Wear Proper Footwear: Choose shoes that fit well and provide adequate support to reduce pressure points and minimize the risk of foot injuries.
  • Keep Your Feet Protected: Due to reduced sensation, protect your feet from extreme temperatures and potential hazards to prevent injuries.

Steps to Take for a Diabetic Wound Care

If you notice a wound or injury on your foot, make an appointment immediately. At McVay Foot & Ankle, we provide high-quality, in-office wound care for diabetic sores and ulcers. Due to faster availability and aggressive treatment protocols, we can often see you earlier and help you heal faster than you would by going to a local wound care center.

We will implement a care routine that helps you heal quickly. Your routine will likely include:

  • Offloading: This is to make sure you are not putting weight or pressure on your wound. It will be extremely important to keep weight off your foot, so we might have you use crutches, braces, or even a wheelchair while your wound heals.
  • Debridement: Our team will clean the wound of dead skin and tissue, dirt, and foreign debris so that it can heal properly.
  • Medication: Various medicines (including antibiotics to deal with any infection) will be administered. We might prescribe some medications as well for you to take to fight any infections. 

While you recover and heal, you need to keep your blood glucose within a healthy range. We will provide any instructions and supplies you need about cleaning and redressing the wound at appropriate intervals and will schedule any necessary follow-up appointments.

Comprehensive Steps for Diabetic Foot Care

  • Personalized Approach at McVay: Benefit from our specialized care tailored to your unique needs and foot health requirements.
  • Offloading Weight and Reducing Pressure: Utilize supportive footwear, orthotics, or assistive devices to offload pressure from sensitive areas and promote healing.
  • Nutritional Guidance and Balanced Diet: Maintain optimal blood sugar levels through a balanced diet and nutritional guidance to support overall foot health and wound healing.

Home Care Guidance for Diabetic Foot Health

Pain Management Strategies

Adopt effective pain management techniques, including medication and physical therapy, to alleviate foot pain and discomfort.

Wound Cleaning and Maintenance

Learn proper wound care techniques, including cleaning, dressing, and monitoring for signs of infection, to promote healing and prevent complications.

Recognizing Signs of Infection

Be vigilant for symptoms such as increased pain, redness, swelling, or discharge from wounds, which may indicate an infection requiring immediate medical attention.

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