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At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists, we are devoted to providing each patient with the utmost courtesy, compassion, efficiency and proficiency while affording optimum leading edge podiatric care.

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT
Daniel Phan, D.P.M.

Podiatric Medicine

4 Ways to Protect Your Feet if You are Diabetic

November is American Diabetes Month and at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists this is a topic of great importance to us. The reason being that patients with diabetes are at a higher risk for foot problems and those problems can have more severe consequences than they would for non-diabetic patients.

There are two conditions associated with diabetes that significantly impact the condition of the feet. First, diabetics often experience neuropathy or nerve damage which can make it difficult to feel sensations in the feet. This means that injuries, infections and other conditions may go undetected because pain and other uncomfortable symptoms may not be noticed in their early stages. The second health concern associated with diabetes is poor circulation. Oxygen-rich blood necessary for healing is slow to reach the feet and makes it more likely that even minor foot problems can become major health threats.

Below are 4 foot-care tips to help diabetic patients minimize the risk of dangerous foot problems:

1. Inspect your feet daily. Changes in color, cuts, blisters, bruises, swelling or rashes can all indicate an injury or infection to the feet, even if you do not feel any pain. If you cannot see all parts of your feet, ask a family member or caretaker to help you. Report anything unusual to our podiatrists, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin or Dr. Jessica A. Addeo right away so that the foot doctor can examine your feet and treat any problems before they become serious.

2. Practice good podiatric hygiene. Wash feet daily with mild soap and warm (not hot) water. Dry completely—make sure you get the spaces between the toes. Apply a rich moisturizer to keep feet from getting dry and scaly.

3. Take care of toenails. Avoid ingrown toenails by trimming nails straight across but not too short. Do not file or cut with rounded edges.

4. Keep feet covered. You can prevent puncture wounds, stubbing your toes and other injuries by wearing socks and shoes even when you are at home.

If you are diabetic and have any concerns about your feet, contact our Aberdeen office for an appointment today by calling: 732-566-2841.

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