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Caring for your feet when you have diabetes doesn’t need to be challenging.
People with diabetes are prone to dealing with cracked skin, tingling and numbness in their feet. Diabetes-related foot complications are fairly common. In fact, more than 20 percent of US hospitalizations are patients with diabetes. If you want to avoid diabetic foot complications and keep yourself out of the ER, our Brooklyn - Heights, NY, podiatrists can help you create a diabetic foot care action plan to improve your foot health with diabetes.
Wash feet daily: It’s important that you are washing your feet every day with soap and water to remove dirt, germs, and bacteria. Just remember to use lukewarm water, never hot (if you have nerve damage in your feet it’s important that you test the water with your elbow first before stepping in).
Keep feet moisturized: Dry, cracked feet are prone to infections, so it’s important that you are doing your part to keep feet supple and moisturized. All you have to do is apply a moisturizer after washing and toweling dry your feet. Avoid applying moisturizer between toes, as this could increase the likelihood of fungal infection.
Trim nails properly: It’s imperative that you know how to properly trim your nails to prevent ingrown toenails and infections from setting in. Trim nails straight across, never curving at the edges, and avoid trimming nails too short (they should be level with the tips of your toes). If you’re unable to trim your own toenails, our foot doctors provide nail trimming as part of the list of diabetic foot care services they offer at their Brooklyn - Heights, NY, offices.
Wear shoes and socks all day long: While it might sound weird, it’s important that you are wearing shoes and socks all day long even when you’re indoors. This will protect your feet from burns, cuts, and other injuries that you may be less likely to notice, especially if you have a loss of sensation in your feet. Just make sure that you are wearing properly fitted shoes and socks and that you’re swapping them out with different ones every day.
Don’t treat problems yourself: Even the smallest issues such as an ingrown toenail or fungal infection can cause serious issues if left untreated or not properly treated. This is why it’s important that you have a podiatrist that you can turn to when problems arise. It’s important that you call your foot doctor right away at any signs of redness, swelling, pain, cuts, scrapes, or an infection.
Our podiatrists can provide comprehensive and tailored foot care to diabetics living in and around Brooklyn - Heights, NY. If you are concerned about the health of your feet, give Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry a call at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403.
The increasing prevalence of diabetes in our communities has reached alarming levels. There are 34 million people of all age groups that have diabetes – that’s 10 percent of the U.S population! Another 88 million have prediabetes and what is troubling is that 84 percent of them don't know they have it. This chronic condition continues to remain misunderstood. Diabetes puts you at risk of developing severe and life-threatening complications, especially of the foot and ankle. It's essential to prevent and manage this chronic illness by getting an early diagnosis and timely care as early as possible.
November is American Diabetes Month. Today Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, share some of the simple, positive steps you can adopt to reduce your risk of dangerous diabetic complications.
Team up with your podiatrist
Perhaps the most important tip for anyone recently diagnosed with diabetes is to include a podiatrist in their health care team. Many independent studies show that partnering up with a podiatrist can make a big difference—regardless of where you are in your journey with diabetes. Discuss risk levels, preventive measures, and follow-up visits with your podiatrist. Seeing your podiatrist regularly can help you avoid foot complications like peripheral neuropathy and foot ulcers and keep your feet as healthy as possible.
Eating healthy meals can help you regulate your blood sugar levels and keep your diabetes in check. Avoid sugary treats and processed foods. Add fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean meat to your diet. Eating healthy and the right portion size will also help you maintain a healthy weight.
Regular physical activity is another key component of diabetes management. Staying active helps your cells use insulin more effectively. If you have been inactive for quite some time, it is important to consult your podiatrist before starting a new exercise regimen.
If you have any foot concerns or haven't had your feet checked in a while, contact the office of Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, Dr. Joseph A. Stuto, Dr. Lisa Fuchs, and Dr. Momna Younas at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, to schedule an appointment. You can reach our Brooklyn - Heights, NY office at (718) 624-7537 or our Brooklyn, NY office at (718) 567-1403
What you eat has a direct impact on your body, especially the feet. It is important to know how the food you eat can affect your feet in a variety of ways.
During this Diabetes Awareness Month, we at Joseph Stuto, DPM urge our patients with diabetes to be extra careful about what they eat. Following the diet plan and exercise routines prescribed by your doctor is essential if you want to stay healthy and safe.
Our expert Dr. Joseph Stuto has identified some common conditions that are a direct result of your dietary choices; these include:
- Diabetes and Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Diabetes and PAD restrict blood flow in the lower extremities and may cause nerve damage which adversely affects your sense of feeling in the feet. Leafy vegetables and fruits, combined with daily exercise, are best to control this condition.
- Inflammation: Commonly associated with gout, arthritis or injury to the plantar fascia (the tissue that runs under your feet) causing heel pain. Sugary foods, saturated and trans fats found in junk food are common foods that aggravate inflammation.
- Osteoporosis: A condition characterized by weakening of the bones and making them prone to fractures due to brittleness. Consuming foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D, such as milk, yogurt, cheese, etc., can greatly reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Light exercises also strengthen the bones and surrounding muscles.
- Edema or fluid retention: Lack of water supply or excessive salts can lead to fluid accumulation and inflammation in the ankles. Drinking plenty of water and keeping your feet elevated helps to counter this condition.
Food intake also affects your weight and, consequently, your feet end up bearing the burden. If your feet are hurting or you have concerns regarding your feet, feel free to browse through our extensive library covering an array of podiatry related topics. Please can call us at our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule an appointment today.
It is crucial that you care for your feet when you have diabetes. After all, for patients with diabetes, foot infections can quickly result in more serious health concerns, and even lead to amputation. Here at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, diabetic foot care is provided by our experienced podiatrists, Dr. Joseph C. Stuto and Dr. Joseph A. Stuto—read on to learn more!
Checking for Foot Wounds
One of the most important aspects of diabetic foot care is checking for foot wounds daily. The sooner a wound on the foot is discovered, the sooner it can be treated. Prompt treatment of foot wounds can prevent an infection from developing, which could lead to more serious health concerns. If foot wounds are discovered, they should be checked and treated every day until the wounds are fully healed. Types of wounds to look for when checking your feet every day include:
- Ingrown toenails
- Pressure problems
How to Care for Your Feet
In addition to checking for foot wounds on a daily basis, there are several other steps that can be taken to care for your feet when you have diabetes. For instance, an important step that you can take to care for your feet is to regularly visit our Brooklyn podiatry office for diabetic foot care. Additional steps that you can take to care for your feet include:
- Wearing comfortable shoes
- Keeping the feet warm and dry
- Wearing loose socks to bed at night
- Moisturizing the skin on the feet daily
- Trimming nails straight across to prevent ingrown toenails
- Washing the feet daily, but avoid soaking them in water
- Wearing warm socks and shoes when the weather is cold
Improving blood circulation to the legs and feet can also keep your feet healthier. You can also promote good blood circulation by moving around throughout the day and avoiding stagnancy. It is also helpful to avoid crossing the legs when sitting since that can decrease blood flow to the feet.
Concerned? Give Us a Call
To schedule an appointment with either of our podiatrists, Drs. Joseph C. or Joseph A. Stuto, call Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry at (718) 567-1403 for the Brooklyn office or (718) 624-7537 for the Brooklyn Heights location.
Simple everyday measures could keep feet healthy and complication-free.
Do you have diabetes? Have you just recently been diagnosed with this condition? If so, then you may be wondering the best way to care for your feet to prevent issues from happening. We’re glad you’re here! Our Brooklyn, NY, podiatrists, Drs. Joseph C. and Joseph A. Stuto, are ready to offer up some helpful tips to follow to keep your diabetic feet on track.
Wash Feet Daily
Sure, this might seem like a no-brainer but you may be surprised that your normal romp in the shower may not be giving your feet the proper cleaning they deserve. If you are someone who just lets soapy water run over their feet but you don’t actually scrub your feet with soap and water then you aren’t thoroughly washing your feet. You must always use soap and water on your feet, making sure to get in between toes and other crevices where bacteria and dirt may lurk.
Don’t Forget the Moisturizer
Feet, just like any other part of the body can easily become dry, and dry feet can easily crack and hurt. As you might imagine, having cracks in your feet can make you vulnerable to infection. Let’s prevent this problem altogether by making sure that you apply a moisturizer every day. Once you get out of the shower, thoroughly dry your feet off and then finish it off with a nice moisturizer to keep feet feeling supple.
Daily Self-Exams are Necessary
How are you going to know there is a problem if you aren’t even aware that something is going on in the first place? The only way you’ll actually be able to tell that there is a problem is by checking your feet every day. We don’t just mean a quick glance over either. We mean that you should thoroughly inspect every region of your foot, including between toes, to look for issues such as redness, cuts, wounds, tenderness, corns and calluses and other signs that there might be an issue.
Don’t Ignore Problems
Despite your best intentions issues can still happen, but it’s how you handle the issue that’s most important. At the first sign of trouble it’s better to play it safe and call our Brooklyn foot doctor right away so that you can get the proper treatment and care you need so that more serious complications don’t occur. It’s amazing how quickly the smallest issue can turn into something more major, but we are here to help.
Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, is here for all of your foot needs, whether you need to talk to us about diabetic foot concerns you have or you are experiencing pain or other symptoms. Trust in our foot experts!