Diabetic Foot Care in McAllen & Weslaco, TX
Diabetic foot care at the Foot Center of McAllen and Weslaco, Texas includes the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of all foot problems related to diabetes, including ulcers, wounds, and nerve compression.
Diabetes-related foot problems are typically caused by poor blood circulation as well as nerve damage, which can result in foot deformities, infections, ulcers or sores, and/or trauma. Diabetes is the leading cause of lower leg and foot amputation, and foot infection is the number one reason diabetics are hospitalized. While research leads to new technology in diabetic foot care, it is important that those with diabetes manage it properly to reduce the risk of diabetic foot complications.
Why Diabetic Shoes?
Many doctors recommend patients purchase shoes specifically designed for diabetics. When looking for a pair of diabetic shoes, you should make sure the shoe has proper ventilation, which allows the feet to reduce heat and dampness from sweat, as these factors provide an ideal environment for bacteria to grow and thrive.
You also want to make sure the toe and heel curve slightly, forcing your feet to be in balance when you walk. To prevent injury to susceptible, sensitive toes, the shoe’s toe box should be high and durable. The shoe should also be lightweight and seamless to prevent any irritation such as calluses, infection, or blisters.
Diabetic shoes for both men and women are often wider and deeper than regular shoes, to make room for special diabetic insoles. By ensuring proper fit and good air circulation, properly designed diabetic shoes and insoles prevent pressure ulcers and ischemia, while allowing the skin to breathe.
Here are some tips for diabetics to help prevent and relieve discomfort associated with foot pain:
Diabetic Foot Care
- Take the time to carefully trim your toenails.
- Wash your feet everyday with mild soap and tepid water.
- Rub and moisturize your feet regularly.
- Wear properly-fitting diabetic shoes and socks.
- Report any sores, discomfort, or infections to your foot doctor.
- See your podiatrist for a regular foot checkup at least once every three months.
What to Look for When Buying Diabetic Shoes
- Diabetic shoes need to have a breathable construction.
- Shoes with a deep and wide design allow room for feet to breath.
- Look for shoes with no interior seams (or covered seams) to prevent rubbing injuries.
- Diabetic shoes need a roomy "toe box" to prevent pinching or squeezing of the toes.
- Footwear should have an elastic or easily adjustable fit, to prevent the diabetic shoe from sliding around on the feet.
If you are diabetic, don’t ignore your foot problems! Call today to schedule an appointment at the Foot Center in McAllen (956) 682-4187 or Weslaco, Texas (956) 969-1063. You may also request an appointment online at your convenience.