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How can you keep your feet healthy? If you're diabetic, it takes vigilant care in order to avoid complications such as bone deformities, neuropathy (loss of sensation), and limited circulation. Accordingly, here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Schaumburg, Chicago, Elgin, Crystal Lake, and Huntley, IL, your team of podiatrists prioritizes diabetic wound care, giving patients the best foot care possible!
Why do diabetics get wounds and ulcers?
A diabetic's feet and ankles are particularly prone to serious ulcerations and wounds that go deep into the skin, underlying muscle, and even bone. This is due to how poorly controlled blood glucose levels impair circulation, cause dry and rough skin, and disorient how the body perceives pressure, friction, and simple contact.
In fact, the American Podiatric Medical Association says that 15 percent of people with diabetes will develop a wound or ulcer on the bottom of their feet. Additionally, almost 25 percent of these wounds lead to amputation—a truly life-shattering event.
What you can do
Take control of your blood sugars. Self-care avoids a variety of complications, including foot ulcers, so you should make regular visits to Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialist where we can examine your feet and look for areas of redness, friction, pressure, ulcerated or infected skin, reduced temperature, impaired sensation, and more.
Additionally, if you do develop an ulcer, your professional team offers the latest in treatment techniques, including wound debridement, antiobiotic therapy, and specially-designed diabetic shoes and boots to both reduce pressure on the ulcer and accelerate healing.
At home, you should practice the following:
- Inspect, wash, and dry your feet daily.
- Wear clean, moisture-wicking socks every day.
- Cut nails straight across (never taper the corners as this leads to ingrown toenails)
- Wear shoes all day, even indoors.
- Wear socks in bed at night.
- Avoid getting your feet extremely chilled or wet.
- Moisturize your feet.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Get exercise as tolerated.
- Never remove corns or calluses at home (call your foot doctor).
- See your podiatrist at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists whenever you have a question or concern about the health of your feet and ankles.
Call one of our offices in Schaumburg, Chicago, Elgin, Crystal Lake, or Huntley, IL, today!
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, we offer a full range of podiatric services for the diabetic patient. Plus, we have five Chicago-area locations for your convenience. Call today to request an appointment.
- 847-468-1994 for Elgin
- 815-356-0500 for Crystal Lake
- 847-352-0200 for Schaumburg
- 815-356-0500 for Huntley
- 773-836-9900 for Chicago
Do you want to be done with your toenail fungus in Crystal Lake, FL? Your podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists can help you get rid of your problem for good.
Toenail fungus refers to a condition in which a fungus infection is present on or in your toenail. A toenail with a fungus infection is usually more persistent and difficult to treat than other conditions such as athlete's foot. While toenail fungus is not necessarily serious or life-threatening, it is a nuisance and can lead to other problems if left untreated, therefore, you should see a Crystal Lake podiatrist sooner rather than later.
There are a number of options to treat your toenail fungus, including topical creams and prescription medications. However, if your toenail fungus doesn’t go away in a reasonable amount of time, it may be time to try something else.
One option your podiatrist can bring to the fight is Q-clear laser treatment for toenail fungus. Q-clear is FDA approved; it is not just some new passing fad. Q-clear is safe, fast, painless, and effective; a typical session takes about ten minutes to treat both feet, requires no anesthesia or pain medications, and you can return to your daily routine right after treatment.
You should see results in about 2-4 months, depending on how fast your toenails grow.
In addition to the treatment options prescribed by your Crystal Lake podiatrist, there are things you can do at home to prevent toenail fungus infections, including:
- Don’t share nail clippers or nail files
- Don’t share shoes or socks
- Try not to injure your nail
- Wear dry cotton socks and change them two or three times a day
- Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet.
- Wear shower shoes in public pools and/or showers
If you contract some kind of toenail problem and it doesn’t improve after two or three days of treating it at home with an over-the-counter product, come see one of the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. For more information call 815-356-0500.