How your North Shore podiatrist in Wilmette, IL, can help your feet when you are diabetic
According to the American Diabetes Association, over 29 million people in the United States are affected by diabetes. It is a serious medical condition, and its effects can be felt all over your body, especially in your feet. The good news is that there are simple things you can do to protect your feet when you have diabetes. Dr. Gary Rogers, your North Shore podiatrist at Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic in Wilmette, IL, can help you control your symptoms and health.
Diabetes has profound effects on your immune, circulatory, and nervous systems, especially your feet. Consider that:
-Immune system changes result in cuts and blisters that don’t heal properly, causing open wounds that can become infected.
-Circulatory system problems create a loss of blood flow to your extremities including your feet and toes, possibly resulting in tissue death and the need for amputations.
-Nervous system developments result in a lack of sensation in your feet, causing you to not feel when you injure your feet.
Remember to take your diabetes medications as directed, and monitor your blood sugar carefully. In addition, take these simple steps to protect your feet:
-Wash and dry your feet daily, applying moisturizing lotion or cream.
-Examine your feet every day, looking for blisters, sores, and cuts.
-Clean and bandage any injuries on your feet.
-Do stretching exercises for your toes, feet, and ankles every day to boost circulation.
-Wear cushioning socks and comfortable supportive shoes and avoid going barefoot.
Visit your podiatrist regularly for a professional foot examination. Your podiatrist can diagnose and treat foot issues before they can become serious problems. Dr. Rogers offers a full array of foot care services including diabetic foot care to keep you moving and enjoying your life.
To find out more about diabetic foot care and other foot care services, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary Rogers, your North Shore podiatrist at Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic in Wilmette, IL, today! Call (847) 256-4434.