Preventative medicine is always the best type of medicine! It is important for people with diabetes to become body conscious, knowing how their body responds to positive and negative factors in their life. For instance, if you are experiencing more tingling or numbness in your feet, then your blood sugars may be too high and need better control with diet, exercise or medication.
Daily foot checks are also imperative for people with diabetes. If you notice a new discoloration, blister, or loose toenail, then seek medical attention to ensure that the proper care is provided. Diabetic foot ulcers usually start with one of the three above mentioned small problems that can be treated easily with early intervention. Also avoid walking barefoot and use white diabetic socks which are seamless and prevent friction and rubbing on the toes. Check your socks for any stains from any sores or blisters you might not even know are on the bottom of your feet. Finally, check the bottom of your feet with a mirror or have a family member examine them to ensure there are no open cuts or discolorations.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with diabetes and need a foot specialist to perform a diabetic foot exam, then call Advanced Podiatry in Tampa at 813-875-0555 and let Drs. Katz and Johnston help keep your feet happy and healthy!