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Diabetic Foot CareDiabetics affected by neuropathy are very likely of getting infections or other foot conditions from pedicures, according to Dr. Christina L. Rowe. Because neuropathy often entails a loss or lack of sensation in the feet, you may not notice if your feet get burned or cut during the procedure.

Though professionals offer varying opinions, Rowe suggests opting out of pedicures altogether, or at least checking with the nail technician beforehand to ensure they utilize safe techniques. Rowe also recommends treating your feet at home with products made without harsh chemicals.

For diabetics, foot complications can much messier and harder to heal. If you want to know more about diabetic foot care, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can teach you about the effects diabetes can have on your feet and how to avoid painful conditions.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send proper signaling to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is mandatory that the feet are well taken care of to avoid amputation.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels. This test allows the physician to know how well the blood sugar levels are being controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). Visiting a podiatrist is highly recommended if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving his or her feet.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet. For diabetic patients, the risk of amputation and sepsis heightens if you do not seek medical treatment right away, especially involving the feet.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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