The holiday season is already stressful enough—between parties, pageants, cooking, baking, and shopping—that the last thing you want is a medical emergency due to a diabetic wound. Of course, this is the case year-round, but a little diabetic wound prevention can go a long way in keeping you safe!
When we look at preventing diabetic wounds, the best place to start is how you manage the disease in the first place. Controlling your blood sugar levels and taking measures to improve circulation are essential steps in diabetic foot care, but these healthy lifestyle changes can ward off an array of other concerns, too.
Specific lifestyle changes that benefit you include:
- Quitting smoking – We know it’s not easy, but this makes a huge, positive impact in your health.
- Exercising regularly – Contact us for advice and recommendations on how to do so safely, but regular exercise is essential for optimal health.
- Healthy diet – Center your diet plan on vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy.
You can protect your feet and reduce the risk of wounds with diabetic footwear. This means wearing shoes that fit comfortably and provide support, along with diabetic socks. Diabetic socks should fit properly and be seamless. Always inspect your footwear before you put them on. Make sure there isn’t anything inside that can cut or scrape the skin.
Another effective way of preventing diabetic wounds is through the use of custom orthotics. This method entails the creation of orthotic devices that are intended to work with your unique foot structure and gait pattern to redistribute pressure from areas that would otherwise be at risk for the development of a wound. Our office can prepare orthotics that work for you.
Heading off diabetic wounds can help to keep your feet healthy and safe. When issues do arise, though, it is essential that they be addressed at the earliest possible stages. This means using daily foot inspection as a tool to know when it is time to contact our foot specialists here at Palm Beach Podiatry.
Whenever you observe anything out of the ordinary, call any of our southeast Florida locations to get the help you need. You can reach our Boynton Beach, FL office at (561) 734-3100; our Loxahatchee office at (561) 791-7773; or our Fort Pierce office at (772) 468-0089. If you prefer, schedule your appointment with any of our offices online today.