In general, your feet can actually give you some important warning signs to more serious problems. For example, a burning sensation in your heel could be a sign of plantar fasciitis and itchy or peeling feet could be a sign you have a fungal infection. The same is true if you have foot pain and diabetes. They are not mutually exclusive. There are some important signs to get in the habit of looking for each day if you’re a diabetic in order to avoid more serious foot problems. Check out the foot care tips in the excerpt below.
Posted by Harvey R. Danciger, DPM
We offer these simple diabetic foot care tips so you can make a resolution for healthier feet in 2015:
- On a daily basis, wash your feet with warm (not hot!) water and mild soap. After you have washed them, dry your feet thoroughly. Make sure to completely dry between your toes because those areas are especially prone to fungal infections.
- Wash your feet, but do not soak them. Soaking your feet could potentially lead to an infection if your skin breaks down.
- Use moisturizing lotion on your feet, in order to prevent dryness and cracking, but do not put the lotion between your toes, as this could encourage fungal growth.
- Good diabetic foot care must include a daily foot inspection. You may need to use a mirror to check the undersides of your feet, but be sure to look for cuts, scratches, ulcers, blisters, dry skin, plantar warts, ingrown toenails, and discolored skin (red, blue, or black).
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If you’re not a diabetic and are experiencing chronic foot pain, you may have one or more common foot problems such as: bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, toenail fungus, ankle injuries, plantar fasciitis, or misaligned feet.
The good news is there are some simple, effective and nearly pain free treatment options available. Some of these include: minimally invasive surgery, HyProCure® treatment, stem cell therapy, and toenail fungus laser treatment.
If you’re in the New York area and are interested in learning more about treatment for your foot pain and diabetes, or foot pain in general, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.
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