How do I prevent Charcot foot when I have diabetes?

To prevent Charcot foot, you need to pay attention to your feet and invest in your daily foot care. The condition is a serious complication of peripheral neuropathy. Nerve damage means your foot structure could slowly break down and collapse without much pain. Make sure you check your feet for changes every day. Look them over carefully for skin or nail discoloration, temperature differences, abnormal bumps or bruises, and small sores or other breaks in the skin. These may be symptoms of bigger problems like Charcot foot. They can also deteriorate into additional issues like ulcers quite quickly.

Properly supporting and inspecting your feet can keep the damage from occurring or catch any changes before they advance too far. Always wear supportive, cushioned footwear, even around your own home. Exercise your lower limbs regularly to keep them strong. Keep your blood sugar levels under control, too, so your tissues are less likely to deteriorate.

If you notice any changes, don’t wait—contact Dr. Robert Parker of Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston right away. Call (281) 497-2850 or use our online contact page to make an appointment with us.

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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.