If you have Diabetes, it’s important to practice good foot care in order to avoid certain problems that can be potentially serious and keep you from doing some of the activities you enjoy the most.
Playing at the Park
Imagine being outside on a warm summer day, watching your grandkids play at the park. As they run and chase each other down the slide, around the swings, across the monkey bars and into the sandbox, you hear a sweet voice call, “Grandma, come build a sandcastle with us!” You smile and start to walk over to the sandbox, tripping on a tree root along the way. You kick your shoes off and step into the sandbox, just as your granddaughter yells, “Look out for the bee!” Too late, you already stepped on it. As you bend down to examine the bottom of your foot, you notice the stinger is there and that your toe is bleeding – but you don’t feel foot pain of any kind.
This is a sign of neuropathy, nerve damage that is a common problem for diabetics when it comes to their feet. It lessens your ability to feel pain and temperatures, which is why Grandma above didn’t realize she had stubbed her toe or didn’t feel the bee sting. It isn’t always unnoticeable though. Neuropathy can also cause a tingling or burning sensation. It’s important to get the advice from someone like a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare, or else it could lead to complications like more serious injuries and infection.
Getting a Pampering Pedicure
It’s been a crazy week and you’ve been looking forward to this pedicure. Your feet just hurt and need a little rest and rejuvenation. You take off your shoes, settle into the chair, and start soaking in the warm, bubbling water. As the nail tech arrives to pamper your feet, you catch her making a funny face, then saying something snarky about how it’s about time you got a pedicure. But, you think to yourself, you just had a pedicure two weeks ago; your feet can’t be that bad! You see the nail tech grab the lotion for extra dry skin.
If you have rough, thick calluses or very dry feet these changes could be related to Diabetes. The problem is that diabetics have a hard time producing enough oil and moisture because the nerves that do this become damaged and no longer work properly. If you notice skin changes like this it’s important to care for your feet by sealing in moisture when possible. After bathing, dry your feet and apply a coat of Vasoline or a foot cream. If calluses are your problem, never cut them on your own. Instead, visit a New York podiatrist to safely do the job for you.
You’re walking through your favorite department store and just so happen to find yourself in the shoe department. Oh! You spot the boot sale. And there’s a pair of black, leather boots in your size! You grab them to try on and they hit you in the perfect spot on your calf. It’s meant to be – they fit amazing and you take out your credit card – sold! You decide to wear the boots as you finish shopping. By the time you’re walking the few blocks to the subway, you feel a light rubbing and pain on the bottom of your foot but you quickly ignore it – there’s no way these awesome boots could hurt you!
This rubbing could lead to something much more serious. Foot Ulcers, or sores on the bottom of your feet, are caused by pressure on the bottom of the foot that creates calluses, often from poorly fitting footwear. Eventually, they can lead to an open wound. This is a problem for someone with Diabetes, especially if they have poor circulation, because it makes you more prone to infection and harder to fight. Learn more by watching the short video below:
A New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare can help if you’re experiencing foot pain related to Diabetes or any other problems. Contact us today for a free evaluation below. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.