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By Atlanta Foot Care Center
March 28, 2018
Category: Senior footcare
Tags: diabetes  

If you’re over 65 years old, it’s essential you take the right steps to treat your feet right. Senior citizens who take care of their feet prevent injuries, falls, and complications from diseases like diabetes. Follow these tips put together by Atlanta Foot Care Center to properly care for your feet:

Step out in the right shoes. Proper footwear helps prevent falls by helping keep you balanced. Always wear the shoe around the store for a bit to ensure proper fit. Shoes that are too tight, rub on the heels, or slide around can cause blisters and painful sores – especially avoid improperly fitting shoes if you have diabetes or neuropathy.

Show your feet some attention. As you age, your muscle tissues thin and your nerves might not work as effectively, often leading to loss of feeling in your feet, known as neuropathy. Check the soles of your feet and between your toes daily for cuts, blisters, sores, or any noticeable change. It’s especially important to be diligent if you have diabetes.

Trim your toenails right. Trim your toenails straight across and no shorter than the tip of your toe to prevent ingrown toenails. If you have trouble trimming your own toes, schedule a visit with your podiatrist for a medical pedicure or nail trimming.

Increase blood flow to your feet. Senior citizens might have decreased blood flow to their feet and extremities. You can ensure proper blood flow by adding stretches to your daily activity, wiggling your toes when sitting for extended periods and massaging your feet regularly. If you smoke, quitting now can help your blood circulation as well.

Don’t let your feet dry out. It’s important to keep your feet well-moisturized to prevent them from cracking. Use mild soap when you wash and apply a nice dollop of lotion after you step out of the shower. However, make sure you change your socks regularly and don’t let your feet get too damp before putting on shoes.

Visit your podiatrist. The professional, friendly podiatrists at Atlanta Foot Care can help discuss foot care with you no matter what step of life you’re in. If you need help planning senior foot care, give us a call! You can also schedule an appointment online. Our skilled podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, and Dr. Daalia M. Jones keep up with the latest trends in foot health.

By Atlanta Foot Care Center
January 24, 2018
Category: diabetic footcare
Tags: diabetes  

Diabetes is a serious condition that has very real impacts on foot and ankle health.  Any small abrasion on a diabetic’s foot could turn into a severe complication that can result in nerve damage to feet, masking sensations normally felt on them. This condition may also impede the flow of blood to feet, making healing after an injury difficult. Moreover, the diminishing sensation could allow for a dangerous situation since a diabetic may not realize that they have an injury on their foot. Severe complications may require an amputation of the infected foot.

Diabetics may also have high blood sugar levels. Nerve issues may be due to diabetic neuropathy which causes a lack of feeling of cold or hot sensations in addition to not feeling any pain. When the lack of feeling becomes prevalent, it may become dangerous since a wound occurring on the foot may not get noticed and develop into something serious. Foot muscles may also not function normally because of damage to the nerves, causing a large amount of pressure in a single area of the foot.

Foot ulcers can also occur because of nerve damage; however, they can also happen because of peripheral vascular disease. Peripheral vascular disease occurs when diabetes disturbs the flow of blood to the foot. Wounds do not heal timely because blood does not reach the wound site in a normal amount of time. This complication disturbs blood vessels away from the heart.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Cleaning wounds on the feet.
  • Medicines to extinguish foot infections.
  • Losing weight to reduce the amount of pressure on feet.
  • Surgical procedures as required.

Diabetes can make any routine daily activity into an unsafe movement. Precautions must, therefore, be taken to avoid complications. Please contact us to start on the road to proper treatment. Here at Atlanta Foot Care Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., can assist with ensuring that your feet aren’t a casualty to this condition! Consequently, make an appointment today by calling our office at (404) 355-4522.

 



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