The Answers You Need to Settle Your Foot Care Questions
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right answers to your questions. Other times it can be too embarrassing to even ask the right questions. That is why we take the initiative to answer common foot care queries without the need to be asked. Come get the answers you and your feet need.
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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.
What are the Signs of Charcot Foot?
Charcot foot can be an extremely devastating condition to have. It can lead to dangerous foot ulcers, which can then lead to amputation if not treated properly. That’s why it is so important to look out for the signs of this condition, especially if you have diabetes. These signs or symptoms may include abnormal redness in the foot. You may also notice that your foot is hot to the touch, or looks swollen or inflamed. Because swelling may at first resemble other foot conditions, it’s wise to get a swollen foot examined. The start of deformities is another red flag as well. If you have diabetes you should be checking your feet daily for anything that looks out of the ordinary. Peripheral neuropathy, often associated with the disease, may not allow you to feel a problem, so you need to rely on your sight instead.
If you notice that something seems abnormal, you should call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850 to schedule an appointment at Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX today.