Avoid Amputation With Proper Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people worldwide every year and can cause damage to blood vessels in several parts of the body. This is particularly true in the feet of a patient who is diabetic. If you are living with diabetes, taking care of your feet is crucial, as is having a podiatrist on your care team. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some information regarding diabetic foot care.

Foot ulcers are quite common for patients who are diabetic due to diminished sensitivity in the feet as a result of neuropathy. Because of this, in many cases, a person with diabetes isn’t aware of a cut or scrape.

This is extremely dangerous because it can become infected and result in a foot ulcer that can lead to the need for amputation of a foot or even an entire leg. That’s why swift and thorough care is so important.

Caring for Your Diabetic Feet Properly

Diabetic foot care is vital in the prevention of ailments such as foot ulcers. Some things diabetics can do to reduce the risk of infection include:

  • Examining the feet daily to look for blisters or cuts
  • Properly trimming the toenails – if you can’t do it yourself, get help
  • Visiting your podiatrist on a regular basis even if your diabetes appears to be under control
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably and provide cushioning
  • Wear comfortable footwear that provides adequate support
  • Keep blood levels under control, as these levels play a huge role in diabetic care
  • Let your podiatrist know of any concerns you may have regarding your feet

Routine foot examinations and early treatment are keys to maintaining proper foot health, particularly because severe complications can arise if proper care is not taken.

If you are living with diabetes, proper foot care is imperative. If you haven’t had your feet checked by a professional in some time, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

Why Diabetic Foot Care is So Important This Winter

Diabetic foot care is important at any time of year, but winter brings with it threats decreased circulation and numbness. Because November is Diabetes Awareness Month, today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is spreading awareness by sharing some information regarding diabetic foot care in winter.

Winter cold, moisture, and dryness elevate the risk of diabetic foot issues. About 15 to 20 percent of diabetics seek treatment at a hospital because of an infection or foot ulcer, which leads to amputation in some cases.

These tips can help you care for your diabetic feet this winter:

Daily examination
  • Examine all the pressure points on your feet and in between your toes. Keep an eye out for discharge, changes in color or odor, painful corns or calluses, or breaks in the skin.
Make moisturizing a must
  • Poor circulation and nerve damage from diabetes can affect the moisturizing glands of your feet. Dry winter heat can worsen the dryness, so moisturize daily.
Proper footwear is key.
  • If you are diabetic, winter cold combined with diminished circulation can elevate your risk for developing a foot ulcer. Ensure that your winter footwear provides warmth, protection from the elements, and sufficient padding. Diabetic footwear is a great choice.
Free your feet from moisture.
  • Icy puddles or snow can lead to hazardously damp feet that can invite unwanted bacteria. When your feet get wet, dry them completely, including between your toes, and change out of your wet socks and shoes.
Trim your toenails with care.
  • Infected toenails or untrimmed toenails frequently cause ulcers and infections. Trim them correctly, which is straight across and not too short. If you have difficulty trimming them, get professional help from your podiatrist.
Don’t turn up the heat on your feet.
  • Always be careful when using hot soaks, heating pads, or electric blankets. And always check the water temperature before you stick your feet in.
Control your glucose levels.
  • Regulating your blood sugar is an important part of diabetic foot care. Your feet are one of the first places poor diabetic control appears.  Work with your doctor to control your blood sugar.

If you are living with diabetes and haven’t seen a podiatrist in some time, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

Diabetic Shoes: What’s So Special About Them?

It’s common knowledge that walking is very beneficial to our health. It’s also quite useful for controlling blood sugar levels. But it may come with the risk of injury for people who suffer from diabetes and neuropathy. Luckily, most of these foot injuries can be avoided by paying proper attention to foot care, and by investing in some diabetic shoes. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists explains some reasons why you might want to consider diabetic shoes.

What Are The Special Features Of Diabetic Shoes?

These shoes are custom-designed and are intended to protect diabetic feet, while reducing the risk of skin breakdown, mainly in cases of poor circulation, foot deformities and neuropathy. Following are some of their very special features.

Non-Binding Uppers: The upper portion is soft with no overlays to eliminate pressure points.

Protecting Interior:  The inside of a diabetic shoe is constructed with soft material and no protruding stitching. In some cases, even the smallest bump can irritate and result in skin breakdown in diabetic feet.

Deeper Toe-Box: The tip of the diabetic shoe is higher, so it provides extra room for the toes.

Orthotic Support: Another one of the special features of diabetic shoes is special insoles that support the arch. This will reduce pressure on the bottom of the foot, and conform to the contours of the foot.

Stretchy Uppers: When extra protection is required, we recommend shoes with stretchy uppers. This will shape themselves to the contours of the deformed foot and help provide relief to pressure points.

Multiple Width Options: Diabetic shoes come in a range of widths to improve protection and fit.

Extra-Depth: Diabetic shoes are designed with extra depth to accommodate orthotics or diabetic insoles and provide a loose, pressure-free fit.

Functional Soles: Another special feature of diabetic shoes is the lightweight soles that are specially designed to aid mobility.

If you have diabetes and have any questions about our diabetic shoe program and how it can help you, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.