Once our podiatrist has thoroughly evaluated your feet, we can get you fully customized orthotics.
For a diabetic foot, a minor cut or blister from wearing a shoe that is too close may inflict serious harm. Diabetes limits blood supply, meaning burns are unable to heal. If the wound is not healed, there is a chance of infection. You should check your feet every day if you have diabetes, as in your case the infection will spread faster. Look for puncture wounds, bruising, pain patches, redness, sweat, blisters, ulcers, burns, cuts and nail problems. If you have any swelling, discomfort, redness or pain in your feet or legs, then it’s important to consult someone specializing in diabetic foot care. If you have several corns (thick or rough skin on your toes), calluses (thick skin on the bottom of your legs), ingrown toenails, warts or slivers, get them checked by our podiatrist at White Oaks Foot & Ankle Clinic in Edmonton.
Here’s what you should do:
Wash and check your feet every day - look for sores, blisters, signs of infection or changes in your feet
Wear shoes and socks at all times, preferably thick, soft socks
Protect your feet from hot and cold
Keep the blood flowing to your feet
Cut toenails straight across
Give up smoking
Be properly measured and fitted every time you buy new shoes
Always wear properly fitting shoes to prevent injury and protect your feet
Visit your podiatrist on a regular basis
Here’s what you should not do:
Wear high heels, sandals or shoes with pointed toes
Drink in excess
Wear anything that is too tight around the legs
Remove calluses, corns or warts by yourself
A diabetic ulcer is a deterioration of the skin tissue of the foot region. The ulcer can form rapidly and can be painful and difficult to treat. Infection is a very frequent problem, so it is necessary to get an X-ray to ascertain whether there is any bone involvement when the ulcer is present. Some factors that cause diabetic ulcers include uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, vascular insufficiency, lack of sensation, chronic irritation from ill-fitting shoes and trauma.
Self-treatment is not recommended for this serious condition. If you notice any symptoms, consult a podiatrist immediately.
Here’s how a podiatrist can help you:
Perform a physical examination
Request an X-ray, bone scan, CT, MRI or other imaging studies
Perform debridement and wound care
Conduct laboratory tests
Initiate a total medical team approach, which may include your family practice doctor, endocrinologist, internist, and vascular surgeon
Prescribe an orthotic to off-load pressure areas on the foot