Diabetic Care

Diabetic Foot CareDiabetes is a disease that occurs when your body cannot regulate blood sugar. It is a chronic disease that affects your entire body including your feet. Podiatrists are an integral part of your medical team helping you to avoid serious complications which can, ultimately, affect your quality of life. In most cases, the key in preventing complications is to see your podiatrist regularly. Ignoring your preventative care can lead to infections, open sores or ulcers and in the worst cases, amputations. Call 215-334-9900 for an evaluation by one of our highly trained podiatric doctors. If you are experiencing any of following symptoms, call our office today:

  • Skin color changes
  • Elevation in skin temperature
  • Swelling of the foot or ankle
  • Pain in the legs
  • Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal
  • Ingrown and fungal toenails
  • Bleeding corns and calluses
  • Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel

If you have Diabetes we suggest that you...

Wash your feet daily in the mornings or before bed each evening using mild soap and lukewarm water and dry carefully with a soft towel, especially between the toes.

Inspect your feet and toes daily for cuts, bruises, sores or any changes to the foot, ankle or toenails. If age or other factors hamper self-inspection, call 215-334-9900 for an evaluation by one of our highly trained podiatric doctors.

Watch your weight. People with diabetes who are overweight double their risk of complications.

Wear thick, soft socks and avoid mended socks or socks with seams that could cause blisters or other skin injuries.

Stop smoking. Tobacco can contribute to circulatory problems, which is especially troublesome in patients with diabetes.

Cut toenails straight across and never cut into the corners or taper. This could trigger an ingrown toenail which can quickly become infected. Use an emery board to gently file away sharp corners or snags. If your nails are hard to trim or if age or other factors hamper self-care, call 215-334-9900 for services by one of our highly trained podiatric doctors.

Exercise to keep weight down and improve circulation. Walking is one of the best all-around exercises for people of all types and ages. Walking is also an excellent conditioner for your feet. Be sure to wear appropriate athletic shoes when exercising. Call 215-334-9900 to evaluate what's best for you by one of our highly trained podiatric doctors.

Maintain your healthy feet with regular checkups, at the least annually. This is the best way to ensure that your feet remain healthy.

Be properly measured and fitted every time you buy new shoes. Shoes fitting are extremely important because poorly fitted shoes are the cause of serious foot and ankle complications. Foot size and shape may change over time so your feet should be measured when buying a new pair of shoes. New shoes should be comfortable at the time they are purchased and should not require a "break-in" period. Our office offers shoes and sneakers which are customized to your foot in a number of current styles for both men and women. Call 215-334-9900 to schedule an appointment for a custom fitting.

Do not go barefoot, not even in your own home. Barefoot walking is dangerous because of the possibility of cuts and infections. When at home wear comfortable shoes or slipper that have good supportive bottoms/soles. Our office offers shoes and sneakers which are customized to your foot in a number of current styles for both men and women. Call 215-334-9900 to schedule an appointment for a custom fitting.

Don't wear high heels, sandals, and shoes with pointed toes as these types of footwear may cause pressure on parts of the foot that may contribute to bone and joint disorders and ulcers. Open-toed shoes and sandals should also be avoided.

Don't drink alcohol in excess as it can contribute to neuropathy or nerve damage. Drinking can increase the damage associated with poor circulation by deadening more nerves. This causes an increase in the loss of sensation particularly in the lower extremity that can lead to severe complications caused by a seemingly minor cut or injury, including ulcers and amputations.

Don't wear anything that is too tight around the legs. Pantyhose, panty girdles, thigh-highs or knee-highs can constrict circulation to your legs and feet, as can men's dress socks. Call 215-334-9900 and consult with one of our doctors if you are unsure.

Never try to remove calluses, corns, or warts as over-the-counter preparations claiming to remove warts or corns can burn the skin and cause severe damage to the foot of a diabetic sufferer. Never try to cut calluses with a razor blade or any other instrument as the risk of cutting yourself is too high and can often lead to more serious ulcers and other complications.

Call 215-334-9900 and consult with one of our doctors for assistance in any of these cases.

The information on this site is provided for your assistance only; this site does not provide podiatric advice. You should never diagnose or treat yourself for a podiatric condition based on the information provided herein, and the information is not provided for that purpose. Likewise, you should never determine that treatment is unnecessary based on this information. The information contained herein is not a substitute for podiatric care provided by a licensed podiatric professional. The information provided herein is not podiatric, medical or professional advice. This site does not create a doctor-patient relationship. If you are feeling ill, please call your primary care physician, or other healthcare provider. In the case of an emergency, please go to the nearest hospital.

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