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Podiatrists suggest simple steps to prevent serious complications from diabetes
The good news: Experts agree that it’s possible to prevent these complications and avoid some of the most serious risks of diabetes, including lower limb amputation.
“Regular and vigilant foot care can help catch problems before they turn into a health crisis,” said Jill Scholz DPM, a podiatrist at Town Square Family Foot Care and a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “Care for diabetes starts at home with daily foot exams. People with diabetes should also schedule an annual visit with a podiatrist.”
“Perhaps one of the most frightening aspect of diabetes is that it damages nerves, meaning patients are unable to feel pain when they injure themselves or develop a blister or sore,” Dr. Scholz said. “These injuries can turn into ulcers, essentially open wounds on the feet, and can develop serious infections. Unfortunately, diabetic ulcers often lead to amputation.”
With this in mind, as physicians, surgeons, and specialists, podiatrists recommend the following steps for preventive diabetes care:
- An annual foot exam. Specially trained to treat conditions of the foot and ankle that are caused by diabetes, Today’s Podiatrist can help prevent complications before they happen.
- Daily self-exams. Check your feet every day for cuts, bruises, sores, or changes to the toenails, such as thickening or discoloration. If you notice a change, make an appointment to see your podiatrist immediately.
- Professional foot care. Never try to treat calluses, ingrown toenails, or other foot conditions on your own. Home treatment is especially risky for people with diabetes, who could develop dangerous infections.
- Comfortable, well-fitting footwear. Podiatrists recommend against going barefoot because of the high risk of injuring yourself without being aware of it. Wear well-fitting shoes and socks to protect your feet.
- A team approach: Today’s Podiatrist will collaborate with your primary care physician and other specialists to establish the right approach for your individual needs. Podiatrists can provide a wide range of treatments, from conservative care of the skin and nails to surgical options for advanced wounds or complications involving the bones of your feet. You, your podiatrist, and your care team will determine what’s right for you. To find a podiatrist near you, visit www.apma.org/findapodiatrist.
“Today’s Podiatrist understands that no single case of diabetes is the same as another,” Dr. Scholz said. “Our care must be with the patient’s specific needs top of mind. Together, we can manage your diabetes and help you maintain an outstanding quality of life.”
Jill Scholz, DPM is a podiatrist at Town Square Family Foot Care in Coralville, IA. Call 319-341-FOOT or visit 341foot.com to make an appointment. Visit www.apma.org to learn more about foot health and care.
With April being National Foot Health Awareness Month, this is a good time to ask yourself, "am I foot aware?". Take a look at your feet, your overall health, and your ability to participate in activities. If you have foot pain or conditions that are limiting your activities and the level of your overall health, it's time to see the podiatrist.
We strive to keep your family active with healthy feet. Take a look around our site to see who we are, where we are, and what we do. We are the only women podiatrists in town and offer a gentle touch for your entire family.
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Your feet must last a lifetime, and most Americans log an amazing 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they reach age 50. Regular foot care can make sure your feet are up to the task. With proper detection, intervention, and care, most foot and ankle problems can be lessened or prevented.
As winter has ended and we become more active, April is a busy time at our clinic. Whether you're embarassed of your feet for the impending flip-flop season, or you're feeling pain that is limiting your activities, April is a good time to address any foot issues that are bothering you.
Don't let problems linger, make an appointment today. We're foot and ankle experts that offer gentle and effective treatments for all foot and ankle concerns. Entering our 20th year in central Coralville (with outreach clinics in Williamsburg and Tipton), we can usually get you in within a day or 2 and offer evening appointments.
To schedule an appointment for you or a family member, CALL 341-FOOT (319-341-3668) OR Visit www.341foot.com and click on MAKE AN APPOINTMENT button on the homepage.