If you are a diabetic, it's extremely important to take good care of your feet. Diabetic complications can render your feet numb because you won't know if you get a cut or blister that doesn't heal because you won't feel it. Our experts at Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry include Dr. Joseph Stuto and Dr. Lisa Fuchs and we specialize in diabetic foot care in Brooklyn Heights, NY.
What is Nerve Damage to Your Feet?
Approximately 50% of all diabetics have nerve damage in their feet in which they can't feel pain, heat, or cold. Some diabetic patients experience numbness, pain, and tingling instead. If you happen to have a blister or a cut that isn't healing properly, then you will need to visit a specialist that treats diabetics in order to get specialized medication for it. Your specialist can also direct you on how to take care of your feet when they are healing as well.
What Causes Nerve Damage?
Many factors in diabetics can cause nerve damage including high blood sugar that is hard to get regulated and having diabetes for many years. Being overweight, over 40 years old, having high cholesterol, and high blood pressure all contribute to having nerve damage in your feet.
Keeping Your Diabetic Feet Healthy
There are some items that can help you keep your feet healthy and they differ for diabetics from other people. You should wash your feet every day in warm water and dry them well. When you do this, examine your feet for any cuts, scrapes, or blisters. Wear slippers, shoes, or socks at all times--even while inside your home. This will keep you from hurting your feet on objects in the home. You should wear well-fitting shoes and trim your toenails straight across. Don't remove any calluses or corns yourself because they could get infected and over-the-counter medications can burn your sensitive feet. Instead, have your podiatrist for diabetic foot care in Brooklyn Heights, NY remove them for you in a sterile situation.
Trust The Experts for Your Diabetic Foot Care
At Stuto Food Specialist Podiatry, Dr. Stuto and Dr. Fuchs are specialists for diabetic foot care in Brooklyn Heights, NY and our team is very compassionate. If you are diabetic and need foot care, call us at (718) 624-7537 to make an appointment so we can help you to keep your feet healthy.