For people suffering from diabetes, there are a number of additional health risks and precautions to take in order to avoid potentially serious complications. One of the common complications associated with diabetes is peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage). While the condition can produce symptoms and affect nerves anywhere in the body, it is most common in the nerves of the hands, legs, and feet. A lack of full sensation in the feet due to nerve damage can make it difficult for diabetics to experience the warning signs of cuts, infections, or other wounds to the feet. For this reason, it is important for diabetic patients to make regular foot exams with the St. Clair Shores, Warren, & Macomb, MI podiatrist, Dr. Anthony Benenati, at Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Center a part of their comprehensive health and wellness plan
How to Care for Your Feet After a Diabetes Diagnosis
As with any health condition and illness, there are a number of precautions that diabetic patients can take to help manage their disease and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Where foot care is concerned, St. Clair Shores, Warren, & Macomb, MI podiatrist Dr. Anthony Benenati advises his diabetic patients to follow a simple checklist:
Check your feet every day and look for any changes in skin color, texture, or the presence of sores or ulcers.
Keep your feet clean and dry, especially between the toes, and moisturize regularly to avoid cracks and cuts on the heels of the feet.
Avoid ingrown toenails. For people living with diabetes, common problems that are little more than a nuisance for most people–such as corns, calluses, cuts, blisters, and ingrown toenails–can lead to infections that can threaten a diabetic patient’s health. Keeping the toenails short and well trimmed, and getting treatment for even small podiatry problems is very important.
Schedule a yearly check-up with a podiatrist. Even in the absence of noticeable symptoms like pain and swelling, a foot specialist can screen diabetic patients for problems with circulation and blood pressure in the feet that could lead to other health complications.
To learn more about diabetic foot care and how to keep your feet healthy, call Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Center today at one of our three locations: St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338, Macomb (586) 416-3668
It’s Not OK to Live with Foot Pain
While it’s true that most Americans suffer from chronic foot pain, it doesn’t have to be a fact of life. Often times, foot and ankle pain can be alleviated by changing footwear or increasing movement and circulation. If your pain is caused by a new or old injury, or illness, we have proven methods to diagnose and pinpoint the root cause of the pain and treatments that can greatly reduce or eliminate your discomfort. Our number one goal is to get you up and moving, and doing the things you love to do. If foot or ankle pain is slowing you down, contact us today and get the relief you need to get back to life!
Highly trained, experienced podiatrists at each location who genuinely care about each patient they treat.
With focus on your quality of life, well-being and overall health, we are able to diagnose and treat the cause, rather than the symptom, of your foot and ankle pain.
Personalized patient care is what sets us apart. When you visit our offices, you can expect to receive world class care.
Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers are conveniently located in Macomb county with podiatry offices in St. Clair Shores, Warren, and Macomb, MI.
Each location offers general foot and ankle care for people of all ages, as well as specialized treatments and surgery for sports injuries, diabetic foot care, and ankle replacements.
Starting with his first location in 1993, Dr. Benenati has been dedicated to preserving limbs and providing Michigan residents effective ankle and foot pain relief from all kinds of short term and chronic conditions. Each location is staffed with highly trained, experienced podiatrists who genuinely care about each patient they treat. By focusing on your quality of life and your overall health and well-being, they are able to diagnose and treat the cause, rather than the symptom, of your foot and ankle pain.