Protect your feet from complications as a result of diabetes.
Patients with diabetes have to be very careful when it comes to the health of their feet. This is because feet are often affected by this condition, particularly if you aren’t properly managing your blood sugar levels. While preventing ulcers and sores is the goal when it comes to caring for your feet, it’s also important to recognize the symptoms of an ulcer so you know when to see our Scottsdale, AZ, podiatrist Dr. Ruth Kosak for care.
What can cause diabetic foot ulcers?
The most obvious cause is not having your blood sugar under control. If your blood sugar levels are high and aren’t being properly managed with medication and lifestyle adjustments then you could be at an increased risk for developing an ulcer. Along with blood sugar levels, other causes of foot ulcers include poor circulation and nerve damage in your feet (which can also make it difficult to feel whether or not you have a sore, ulcer or wound on your foot).
How can I protect my feet from ulcers?
The biggest line of defense against developing diabetic-related complications is to take medication to maintain blood sugar levels within a healthy, normal range. This may take some trial and error but it’s important that you have a doctor you can turn to, to make sure the medications you are getting are actually helping your diabetes.
To prevent ulcers, you should also wear shoes at all times even around the house. Since many people with diabetes also have some degree of nerve damage in their feet, they can’t often feel when they’ve sustained a cut, burn or injury to the foot. These injuries can quickly turn into ulcers or wounds. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to wear shoes and socks at all times.
Talk to your Scottsdale, AZ, foot doctor about whether or not compression bandages or foot braces can also provide your feet with support and protection from ulcers and other foot problems. It’s important that your feet are getting the support and cushioning they need, as added pressure on certain parts of the foot can lead to calluses, corns and other problems.
What are the symptoms of a foot ulcer?
If you have nerve damage in your feet then you won’t be able to feel any pain or discomfort due to the ulcer; however, you may notice drainage or an odor coming from the foot. There may also be a callus surrounding the ulcer, or you may notice redness or swelling. The area will also be tender to the touch. Any of these symptoms warrant an immediate trip to see your podiatrist.
If in doubt, call Arizona Foot and Ankle Physicians in Scottsdale, AZ, today to find out whether or not your symptoms warrant a trip to our office. When it comes to diabetic feet it’s always better to play it safe. Call Dr. Ruth Kosak today at 480-247-8443.
Dealing with heel pain? Isn’t it time you found out more about what’s causing your discomfort?
Heel pain is nothing to scoff at. While it might not seem like a big deal when you first notice it, over time it can become a downright nuisance. Heel pain can make it more difficult to move around and it can even limit your day-to-day activities. If you have no idea what might be going on, your Scottsdale, AZ podiatrist might be able to answer your burning questions.
What is causing my heel pain?
There are many reasons why you could be experiencing heel pain, which is why it’s so important to visit your foot doctor at the first sign of an issue. Only then can we really determine the root cause. Of course, one of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick band of ligaments that connect your toes to your heel bone. When they become inflamed, this causes heel pain, stiffness and a host of other issues.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
If this condition is truly the cause of your heel pain, then you’ll more than likely notice a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot that may be worse in the morning when you take your first couple steps. You may also notice that the pain subsides a bit during physical activity, but immediately comes back full force right after. You may also experience stiffness or limited mobility as a result of the plantar fasciitis.
How can I treat my heel pain?
Most heel pain can easily be treated with more conservative measures including:
- Avoiding high-impact activities
- Elevating the foot
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
Most causes of heel pain like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis will go away with these simple at-home measures. However, for those with more persistent or severe cases, you may need to talk to your foot doctor about other options including extracorporeal shockwave therapy or corticosteroid injections to reduce pain and swelling, and to help speed up the healing process.
Contact your Scottsdale, AZ Podiatrist
Heel pain doesn’t have to take over your life. Turn to your Scottsdale, AZ foot doctor for the help and care your feet need to stay healthy.
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