Certain months are singled out for drawing awareness to a particular issue facing our society. For November, we are observing Diabetes Awareness Month. To highlight the importance of this issue in our local communities, it is important to note that the Fort Lauderdale branch of the American Diabetes Association estimates that over a half a million Floridians currently live with this disease.
Diabetes impacts the body in a variety of different ways, including the health and safety of toes and feet. Diabetic foot care is important if you live with this disease, because many issues that start out minor can escalate into serious medical conditions. It helps to understand a couple of underlying problems associated with this disease that can enable a serious condition to develop. These include:
- Impaired immune system – When the body’s ability to fight bacteria is compromised, sores on the foot can quickly become infected and some may lead to amputation.
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) – The immune system is already compromised, but PAD creates a situation where narrowed artery walls restrict the flow of blood, especially down to the feet and toes.
- Neuropathy – Nerve damage is a major contributing factor that allows wounds to worsen. When the brain does not receive signals indicating that damage has been sustained, diabetic wounds do not receive the treatment they need.
These factors work against your health and safety, so preventing foot ulcers gains importance for avoiding a situation that may ultimately require amputation.
Effective foot care starts with protecting diabetic feet. This is achieved by having the right socks and shoes. Socks need to be seamless, breathable, fitted, and padded. Shoes should fit properly and accommodate any existing deformities. They should also distribute pressure evenly to prevent issues from developing.
Diabetic foot care is a serious matter. Fortunately, you have partners in your health here at Palm Beach Podiatry who are ready to help. We can assist with creating a comprehensive foot care plan to keep you safe and healthy, in addition to providing effective podiatric treatment when you need it most.
Contact us today by calling our Loxahatchee office at (561) 791-7773, our Boynton Beach office at (561) 734-3100, or our Fort Pierce office at (772) 468-0089. You can also get in touch with any of our three offices through our online form.