By Foot & Ankle Institute
June 10, 2014
Category: Podiatry Services
If you suffer from diabetes, regular visits to the podiatrist is of great value to your health. The Foot & Ankle Institute knows the importance of your health, and wants you to know the benefits of seeing a podiatrist.
Diabetes affects the lives of nearly 26 million people in the United States. While there is no cure for diabetes, there are steps you can take to keep it in check.
Podiatrists like Drs. Mendicino, Lo and Patel play a key role in helping patients control diabetes to avoid foot-related complications. Warning signs of diabetes in the foot include:
- Skin color changes
- Swelling of the foot or ankle
- Numbness in the feet or toes
- Pain in the legs
- Open sores on the foot that do not heal quickly
- Ingrown and fungal toenails
- Bleeding corns and calluses
- Dry cracks in the skin, especially around the heel
Stay a Step Ahead
Getting ahead of your diabetes is what the Foot & Ankle Institute wants to help you with. Did you know that up 65,000 lower limbs are amputated due to diabetes complications? These could have been avoided with regular visits to a podiatrist.
Regular visits to a podiatrist will lower your risk by up to 85 percent. It also lowers the risk of hospitalizations by 24 percent. As well as regular visits to the podiatrist, there are steps you should take at home too. These foot care tips include:
- Inspecting your feet daily
- Wear thick soft socks, and properly fitted shoes
- Do not go barefoot
- Do not remove calluses, corns and warts by yourself.
See a podiatrist to assist with these issues.
Annual checkups to the podiatrists in West Houston, TX are the best way to be certain that your feet remain healthy. Contact us at (281) 531-4100.