According to the American Diabetes Association, about 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes. Diabetics are at an increased risk for developing foot problems. This places the diabetic patient at risk for developing ulcers, dry scaly skin, and changes to their foot structure. Diabetics must constantly monitor their feet for changes or they may face possible amputation. As a diabetic patient, look for bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters, ulcers, and nail discoloration. If you discover one of the following, immediately seek podiatric care.
The risk of developing a diabetic ulcer and possible amputation can be decreased with proper shoe wear. We are an authorized supplier who can evaluate, prescribe and dispense high quality shoes and 3 pairs of removable protective shoe inserts per calendar year. Many diabetic patients qualify for this benefit under their current insurance.
To qualify for diabetic shoes, Dr. Henderson conducts a Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam otherwise known as CDFE including:
- Vascular, Neurological, Dermatalogical, Orthopedic Exam
- Pressure measurement of feet
- Temperature reading of feet
- Diabetic glycemic review
- Overview of proper care for your feet.
All findings are discussed at the time of exam and sent to the primary care doctor. Call one of our offices today to schedule an appointment so you can start wearing your new diabetic shoes!
Here's some basic advice for taking care of diabetic feet:
- Always keep your feet warm and dry.
- Keep feet away from heat (heating pads, hot water pads, electric blankets, radiators, fireplaces).
- Don't smoke
- Don't soak your feet.
- Don't use antiseptic solutions (such as iodine or salicylic acid) or over-the-counter treatments for corns or calluses.
- Don't use any tape or sticky products, such as corn plasters, on your feet. They can rip your skin.
- Use quality lotion to keep the skin of your feet soft and moist such as Foot Miracle Cream. You can purchase this cream directly by clicking here: Toetallyfeet.com
- Wash your feet every day with mild soap and warm water and keep them dry.
- Wear loose, warm socks to bed.
- Buy shoes that are comfortable without a "breaking-in" period. Check how your shoe fits in width, length, and sole.
- Never wear sandals or thongs (flip-flops) and never go barefoot, indoors or out.
- Don't file down, remove, or shave off corns or calluses yourself.