If you're diabetic, you know you must pay close attention to your diet, activity level and medication. Controlling your blood sugar avoids the many complications of diabetes such as cardiovascular disease, kidney damage, skin infections and more. Additionally, your Fairfax, VA podiatrist, Dr. Steven Vetter, asks his diabetic patients to care for their feet. He and his friendly staff wish to partner with you in keeping your feet and ankles healthy and functional so you can have your best possible life...diabetic or not.
Why diabetics can have poor podiatric health
People with both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes struggle with poor peripheral circulation, diabetic neuropathy (nerve pain and loss of feeling in the hands and feet), skin infections and more. To avoid progression of complications, experts at the Cleveland Clinic urge patients to:
- Get regular exercise
- Watch what they eat
- Take their insulin or other medications properly and to
- Seek the care of a podiatrist for routine foot check-ups at least annually or more often as advised by their primary care physicians.
Daily foot care
In between visits to your Fairfax podiatrist, please follow these guidelines for the daily care of your feet. In fact, even if you are not diabetic, you may benefit from these health care practices.
Dr. Vetter strongly suggests:
- Visually inspecting your feet every day (diabetics often have limited pain sensation) for sore spots, cut and color changes
- Washing your feet daily and drying them carefully, particularly between the toes
- Using quality skin moisturizer to avoid the cracking and irritations which can lead to infections
- Cutting toenails straight across with a clean clippers (ingrown toenails frequently become infected)
- Changing socks whenever they are sweaty to avoid fungal infections
- Wearing shoes that have roomy toe boxes
- Allowing your podiatrist in Fairfax to treat infections and ulcers and to remove corns and calluses (avoid home treatments)
- Be as active as possible to control blood sugar levels and increase circulation
- Stop all tobacco use--both smokeless and cigarettes
In addition, soft orthotics, or customized shoe inserts, from Dr. Vetter relieve dangerous pressure points and alleviate pressure from walking.
Are you diabetic?
Then, we'd love to provide your podiatric medical care. Please contact Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA for your appointment with Dr. Vetter. Call (703) 352-8888.