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Recognizing Signs of Diabetic Wounds

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Wounds on the feet can be especially dangerous for those who have diabetes.Whether you are traveling to visit family and loved ones over the holiday season, or they are flying into town to take advantage of our warm weather and proximity to Miami Beach, keeping certain travel tips in mind can prevent little problems from becoming big ones. An example of this is performing a bag check at home, instead of being flagged at the airport for the nail scissors in your carry-on bag. Another is booking tickets under your name as it appears on your ID so you are able to board your flight with no delays.

Diabetic foot care is similar in that little actions on the front end can help you have smooth sailing when it comes to your foot health and safety. A minor issue unnoticed or left untreated will lead to some serious turbulence, though, so use a daily foot inspection and keep on the lookout for:

External wounds – These are often easier to identify and include blisters, cuts, abrasions, bruises, bumps, and burns. When conducting your daily foot inspection, be sure to investigate all areas of the feet, including the bottoms and the areas between toes.

Internal wounds – Those that have internal origins can include calluses, skin ulcers, and ingrown toenails. As is the case with external wounds, it is important to cover the entire foot when looking for these particular wounds.

As a rule of thumb, the easiest way to recognize a diabetic wound is to simply check for anything that is out of the ordinary with regard to texture, color, temperature (a common sign of infection), and structure of the feet or toes.

Once you’ve identified an issue, it is time to enlist professional help! Being able to recognize diabetic wounds early is an integral component of effective diabetic foot care, but so too is getting the help you need as soon as possible. If you require assistance with any foot or ankle issues related to diabetes (or other conditions), Palm Beach Podiatry is ready to help. Our foot specialists can provide the treatment you need and work with you on creating a foot care plan that works for you.

Contact us today. Schedule an appointment at any of our three locations online or call our Fort Pierce, FL office at (772) 468-0089, our Loxahatchee office at (561) 791-7773, or our Boynton Beach office at (561) 734-3100.

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