Diabetic Foot Care

The proper care and evaluation of your feet is important to help detect and prevent issues and infections. Learn how our podiatrists can help.

Diabetic Foot Care Overview

Diabetes can lead to nerve damage and poor circulation to your feet, with an estimated 50 percent of all diabetic patients developing nerve damage at some point. Performing daily foot checks and seeing a Hattiesburg Clinic podiatrist can help minimize the risk of sores or cuts becoming serious infections.

Affects of Diabetes on the Feet

Continually high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) can narrow the blood vessels and decrease blood flow. Decreased blood flow means it takes longer for cuts or wounds to heal.

High blood sugar can also weaken the nerve endings, affecting their ability to send messages back to the brain. With this nerve damage, you are less likely to feel a cut or sore on your foot, which, when left undetected, can increase your risk for infection and serious side effects.

Diabetic Foot Care Basics

  • Have a podiatrist on your diabetic care team, and maintain regular appointments to prevent issues.
  • Perform daily foot checks, not just on the tops but the bottoms of the feet, heels and in between toes.
  • Keep nails trimmed and clean. The Hattiesburg Clinic podiatrists can treat ingrown toenails to help prevent infection.
  • Wear proper fitting socks and shoes. Wear slippers indoors to continue to keep feet protected.
  • Remain active – walking, biking or swimming helps keep good blood circulation.

Diabetic Foot-Related Symptoms

If you have diabetes, there are certain foot-related symptoms you should look for. Call your podiatrist if you notice:

  • Tingling, burning or pain
  • Loss of feeling or loss of the ability to tell if feet are hot or cold
  • Discoloration of the toenails or on the foot itself
  • Cuts or sores that will not heal
  • Extremely dry or cracked feet
  • Fungal infections

It is important to seek regular care and treatment of your feet to prevent more serious complications like:

  • Diabetic ulcers – An open skin sore or wound that develops on the bottom of the foot or toe
  • Gangrene – An emergency condition where a lack of blood flow causes body tissue to die
  • Charcot foot – A condition caused by nerve damage to the feet that can be disabling and cause loss of feeling in the legs and feet

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with one of our podiatrists today.

Foot Care at Hattiesburg Clinic

Proper foot care is essential when you have diabetes. Our experts at Hattiesburg Clinic can help in the ongoing evaluation and care of your feet. Contact our team today to learn more.

Hattiesburg, MS
1101 B S. 28th Ave.
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
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