Hello, I’m Doctor Sean Hodson from White Sands Podiatry in Destin, Florida, and today I’d like to talk to you about diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy involves nerve damage… most often in the feet.
Patients who are affected lose sensation in their feet and, as a result, may lose their "early warning system” which is pain. For example, feet may develop blisters that become infected without a patient knowing. This is a common problem that often leads to amputation among diabetics.
There are a few things that you can do to reduce the effects of diabetic neuropathy on your feet. Bathe your feet daily, and check them over thoroughly for sores, blisters or unusual swelling. Be sure to check your entire foot, including the sole and between your toes.
Use foot powder between the toes as needed to keep them dry. Keep your toenails clipped to a reasonable length or see a podiatrist to do so, and change your socks daily. Keeping your sugars in line is also extremely important!
You should also wear shoes that fit properly and provide the right amount of support. Avoid going barefoot, even when you’re just around the house. You could easily step on something that might cut your foot, yet be unable to feel it. This in turn could cause an infection.
If you do notice any problems with your feet, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Remember that as a diabetic, your body’s ability to heal is already diminished, so trying to treat a foot condition yourself could prove disastrous.
The good news is that by catching problems early on, we can normally prevent them from becoming big ones.
Keep an eye on your feet, and be sure to contact me if you notice anything unusual so, together we can take action to prevent the loss of part or all of your foot!