By Joseph M. LaCava, DPM
March 17, 2015
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
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If you haven’t already, swing by The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs—about 2 ½ miles up the road from our office on Central Ave—to check out the Arkansas Sculptors Guild Exhibition. Support our local art community and their contributions to our local culture. For the fine art of diabetes management, make sure you perform a daily foot check, giving your feet the same level of inspection and interest that you would an art exhibit.

A daily diabetic foot check is not that difficult, but it is crucial in heading off serious problems. When you do this, inspect both of your feet very carefully. If you cannot see the bottoms, ask a loved one for help or use a magnifying mirror. Issues you should look for include:

  • Cuts and scratches. If you have damage to your skin, you are vulnerable to a potential infection.
  • Dry skin. Skin that is excessively dry can lead to fissures and cracks.
  • Ulcers, blisters, and warts. Any type of growth on your skin is a bad sign and you should make an appointment with our offices.
  • Ingrown or discolored toenails. Fungal nails are already infected and ingrown nails pose the threat of leading to an infection your compromised immune system cannot fight.

In addition to checking for those issues, be sure to keep your feet clean. Wash them every day with warm (not hot!) water and mild soap and dry them thoroughly, including between your toes. Definitely wash your feet, but do not soak them. Doing so can pose a risk of infection if your skin breaks down. After you have dried them off, use moisturizer on the tops, bottoms, and heel areas, but not between your toes. If your skin becomes too dry, it can lead to cracks and fissures. Finally, have your toenails trimmed at our office to ensure decreased risk of growing an ingrown toenail.

If you are diabetic, you likely already have a diabetic foot care plan in place. If you don’t, make an appointment with Central Arkansas Foot Care and we will help you develop one that keeps you safe and reduces risk of dangerous complications. We have offices in Hot Springs, Malvern, and Arkadelphia, AR and you can find the respective numbers on our contact page, along with a form to reach us online.

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