Proper foot care when you have diabetes is crucial to maintaining healthy feet. Coastal Podiatry offers many options for keeping your feet in the best condition possible. Visit them at the Mt. Pleasant location in South Carolina.
Because nerve damage makes it difficult to feel if there is anything wrong, it is crucial to start a daily routine of checking your feet for abnormalities. It can be helpful to check your feet directly after cleansing them in a shower or bath. This will help you to check all the nooks and crannies of your feet, including your ankles and in between your toes. You should be searching for things like dry or cracked skin, blisters, calluses, ingrown toenails, or open sores. If you notice that you have any of these things, you should call a podiatrist and schedule an appointment.
Peripheral neuropathy relates to damage that is done to the nerves, which results in a loss of feeling. Because of this, patients with diabetes should be diligent about checking their feet on a daily basis. If you cannot feel pain, a developing ulcer may go unseen. Ulcers will break down the skin, exposing sensitive tissues underneath. If this happens, it is necessary to get treatment right away. If an infection is able to take hold, it will be a lot more difficult to remove. If your ulcer does get infected, it can be treated with antibiotics and drained, but it can also worsen and get to the point where amputation is the only option.
Along with self-inspection, regular diabetic foot care from a trained professional is essential to avoiding major complications from this disease. At Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina we want to help you keep your feet healthy and happy. We are dedicated to helping you manage your diabetes so that you can stay worry-free. Dr. Rahn Ravenell and Dr. Tamika Ravenell can help manage the health of your feet and prescribe individual treatment options such as special shoes or custom-made orthotics.
"The staff and Dr. Ravenell were extremely caring and helpful. All in all, my visit was an experience I wish I could have every time I visited a doctor's office."
"I cannot thank Dr. Ravenell enough for all he has done for me. He fixed my flat foot! He is the most pleasant person and has the best bedside manner."