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Diabetic Foot Care

At Eastern Idaho Foot Clinic, Dr. Cooper is experienced in caring for patients who have foot conditions that relate to diabetes.

Over time, the symptoms of diabetes can cause damage to the nerves, especially in the hands and feet, resulting in peripheral neuropathy. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, one-third to one-half of people with diabetes will have peripheral neuropathy.

Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

  • Numbness or reduced ability to feel temperature changes or pain
  • Burning or tingling
  • Cramps or sharp pain
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Weak muscles
  • Loss of reflexes in ankles
  • Low balance and coordination
  • Ulcers, infections, and joint pain in the feet

Common treatments of peripheral neuropathy include nerve pain medications and physical therapy.

Call our office today to meet with Dr. Cooper about a treatment plan for diabetic foot care.

Diabetes Foot Care Tips

Here are some extra tips to help you take the best care of your feet.

  • Check your feet every day. Make sure there are no cuts, redness, nail problems, or swelling. If you do notice something, call your doctor.
  • Bathe your feet. Always bathe your feet in lukewarm water - never hot water. And be gentle with your feet, using a soft washcloth or sponge to wash them.
  • Trim nails straight across. When trimming your toenails, trim them straight across and don’t cut them too short.
  • Wear dry, clean socks. Change your socks daily. There are also socks made specifically for people with diabetes that wick away moisture and don’t have elastic tops.
  • Check your shoes before putting them on. With peripheral neuropathy, the feet might not be able to feel foreign objects like a pebble if it got in your shoe, so shake them out before putting them on.
  • Get regular foot exams. Having your feet examined by a specialist on a regular basis can help prevent other foot complications associated with diabetes.