FAQ: Diabetes


 

How do I prevent diabetic foot problems?

When you have diabetes, it becomes imperative to check your feet daily. Neuropathy, or nerve damage, makes it difficult to feel foot problems, so you have to use your other senses to assess for damage.

To avoid trouble in the first place, here are some things you can do.

  • Wash and inspect your feet every day with a doctor recommended soap, and always make sure your feet are completely dry before putting on socks or shoes.
  • Use lotion and a pumice stone to prevent corns and calluses. However, you should never put lotion between the toes.
  • Keep your nails trimmed and filed.
  • Wear close-toed shoes (even at home) to avoid stepping on objects that may puncture.
  • Wear socks to prevent blisters from forming.
  • Buy shoes that fit well—this may require a custom fitting.
  • Keep your feet moving to improve blood flow, and don’t sit for long periods of time.

If you have any complications or need regular diabetic foot care, give Dr. Rahn Ravenell and Dr. Tamika Ravenell a call.  Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mount Pleasant, SC is dedicated to the health of your feet. 

What can I do to keep my diabetic feet healthy?

Foot health plays an important role in people with diabetes. Diabetic feet are at a higher risk of developing ulcers, or open wounds that can get infected. Remember that nerve damage may prevent you from being able to feel pain, so seeing a problem is more important than feeling one. Check every inch of your feet, and use a mirror or have someone look for you in places that are hard to reach. Other preventative measures include keeping your feet cleaned and groomed, wearing protective foot coverings at all times, and investing in a pair of special diabetic shoes are important as well.

If you do notice something out of the ordinary, call Dr. Rahn Ravenell, or schedule an appointment online to visit Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC. We can help keep your feet healthy through preventative measures, and by treating them quickly if problems do arise.

Can I prevent ulcers?

If you have diabetes, one of your main concerns should be foot care. In order to prevent ulcers, which could lead to serious infection and even amputation, you need to pay special attention to your feet. Check them daily to make sure nothing out of the ordinary is happening. Seeing a problem might be the only way you even know it exists. You may not feel it because of nerve damage and numbness. Keep feet clean, dry, and protected at all times. If you get even the smallest wound, call your podiatrist to get it looked at and treated. Do not leave it alone and assume it will heal on its own. This is what leads to infection and could also possibly result in a limb amputation.

Call Dr. Rahn Ravenell or schedule a visit online to visit Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC. We can help you stay ulcer free!

How do I know if I have peripheral neuropathy?

If you have diabetes, you need to be aware of peripheral neuropathy symptoms. This condition, results from damage to the nerves. One of the biggest dangers is an undetected injury that leads to infection. Some patients are faced with amputation as a result.

Signs of trouble may include a loss of feeling in the outer limbs of the body. You may feel a burning, freezing, or tingling sensation. Some people lose balance and coordination due to muscle weakening. Movement of your feet and legs may become difficult due to the inability to feel sensations. If you notice any or all of these symptoms, it is time to call the office.

Why are my feet burning?

When your feet feel excessively hot it could interfere with your daily life, even your sleep. There are different causes of burning feet, some more severe than others. First, consider your shoes and socks. You may have a sensitivity to the fabric of the insoles in your shoes, or your feet may just be unable to breathe. Choose lighter fabrics or even mesh shoes for warmer times of the year. If they are itching as well as burning, you might have Athlete’s foot. You will notice that the burning is limited to only the area of the infection. If your burning feet are accompanied by a tingling sensation, you may be suffering from peripheral neuropathy—nerve damage. This is the most serious cause and requires immediate medical attention.

Don’t let burning feet get you down. Call Dr. Rahn Ravenell to schedule an appointment at Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Whether it’s a simple fix or something that requires a little more attention, we are here to help.

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Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons located in Mount Pleasant, SC & Moncks Corner, SC

Coastal Podiatry, LLC specializes in foot care and reconstructive surgery. Under the direction of Drs. Rahn and Tamika Ravenell, patients from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina are welcome for the treatment and care for many foot conditions such as ankle sprains, Athlete’s foot, bunions, corns and calluses, diabetic foot problems, plantar fasciitis, and more.

At Coastal Podiatry, LLC, the best care possible is offered for each patient who walks through the door. The doctors and staff work together to ensure a positive experience from checkups to surgeries. They offer the most advanced technology to provide patients with quick and convenient results including a state-of-the-art digital ultrasound machine and digital X-ray onsite that makes diagnostic procedures faster and safer than ever before. The doctors specialize in everything from preventative maintenance to reconstructive foot surgery for all your podiatric needs.

If you are experiencing foot pain of any kind, call or visit Coastal Podiatry, LLC today. Welcoming new patients and accepting most forms of insurance.

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Coastal Podiatry

Coastal Podiatry, LLC specializes in foot care and reconstructive surgery. Under the direction of Drs. Rahn and Tamika Ravenell, patients from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina are welcome for the treatment and care for many foot conditions such as ankle sprains, Athlete’s foot, bunions, corns and calluses, diabetic foot problems, plantar fasciitis, and more.

At Coastal Podiatry, LLC, the best care possible is offered for each patient who walks through the door. The doctors and staff work together to ensure a positive experience from checkups to surgeries. They offer the most advanced technology to provide patients with quick and convenient results including a state-of-the-art digital ultrasound machine and digital X-ray onsite that makes diagnostic procedures faster and safer than ever before. The doctors specialize in everything from preventative maintenance to reconstructive foot surgery for all your podiatric needs.

If you are experiencing foot pain of any kind, call or visit Coastal Podiatry, LLC today. Welcoming new patients and accepting most forms of insurance.


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