While most of us put our entire weight on our feet daily for some the pain can be unbearable but often manageable. Podiatry Associates of Florida treats an overwhelming amount of patients suffering from pain caused by Diabetes. Diabetics are more prone to various foot problems than those without diabetes due to the development of painful nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. “Sadly, Neuropathy can affect your entire body,” said Dr. Barry Efron, Podiatrist at the Orange Park Podiatry Associates of Florida location. “The damage to your nerves can cause the loss of feeling in your feet. This numbness makes it difficult to detect extreme temperatures and pain and also make diabetics more prone to serious cuts, wounds, burns and infections.”
Millions of Americans suffer from diabetes, and diabetics in Northeast Florida are finding help at Podiatry Associates of Florida’s seven area locations. While the podiatrists are able to examine and assist patients with diabetic foot care, there are some at-home steps you can take to help improve the problem:
Clean Your Feet
Wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap. Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly. To prevent cracks, you can apply a gentle moisturizer to your feet but not between your toes.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose and wear clean, dry socks every day. Always check your shoes to make sure nothing is inside them.
Trim your toenails
Diabetic patients that have certain risk factors should only get their toenails trimmed by a podiatrist. This helps prevent ingrown toenails, infections and possible injury to the toes.
Examine your feet daily
Noticeable changes in your feet should be a warning sign. If you notice a change in skin color or temperature or experience pain or swelling, call Podiatry Associates of Florida to ensure it is not something more serious.
Podiatry Associates of Florida has nine area locations across Northeast Florida. Call us today to schedule an appointment at a location convenient to you at 904-224-2001.