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Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

  • Dr. Bruce Zappan
  • September 21, 2017

One of the leading causes of hospitalization and lower extremity amputation in diabetic patients is ulcers that occur on the feet and toes. This is actually a preventable condition with the proper intervention and care, so it is very important if you have diabetes that you minimize your chances of developing these potentially dreadful ulcers.

Steps you need to take to prevent diabetic foot ulcers include:

  • Wear properly fitting shoes—It can’t be emphasized enough that proper shoe choice and expert fitting are essential to the good health of your feet, especially in the case of diabetics. Prescription shoes and custom orthotic inserts can help immensely in avoiding foot and ankle injuries. 
  • Keep your feet clean and dry—Avoid infection by washing your feet daily and drying carefully, especially between the toes.
  • Inspect your feet and nails regularly for cuts or infections—Be sure to look at the bottom of your feet, using a mirror if necessary, and always carefully check between the toes.
  • Trim your toenails straight across—To avoid an ingrown nail that can become infected, always trim nails straight across and never share your clippers with others to avoid cross bacterial contamination.
  • Avoid temperature extremes—either very hot or very cold.
  • Manage your diabetes—Keep your blood sugar under control, exercise regularly, and eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • See your podiatrist regularly—Developing a comprehensive program with your foot care professional to manage your diabetes is an excellent way to be proactive in your diabetes management.

If you are experiencing foot ulcers or complications from diabetes, or for any other problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, it is important to see a foot specialist to receive the correct care. Bruce B. Zappan, D.P.M., P.C., of Medical Arts Podiatry Associates in Philadelphia, PA is an expert in proper evaluation and recommendations for treatment. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or make an appointment with our office at 215-563-2560.