What To Do When You're Diabetic And Have A Foot Infection

By Gresham Podiatry Center
March 06, 2017
Category: General

For individuals who are diabetic, foot infections can lead to serious health concerns. While a small wound on the foot usually isn’t a diabetic wound caremajor problem for individuals who are not diabetic, even small wounds can lead to big problems for those who are. Decreased blood flow causes wounds to heal more slowly and, in the most severe cases, untreated wounds can lead to amputation. If you have diabetes, check your feet daily. For treatment of diabetic foot infections in Gresham, OR, see Dr. Derek McCammon at Gresham Podiatry Center.

Checking For Wounds

It is important to check your feet daily if you have diabetes. Any wound, large or small, can lead to an infection. Infections can be especially problematic since they tend to spread more quickly in individuals with diabetes. If you develop a diabetic foot infection, see a Gresham podiatrist right away. Things to look for when checking the feet include:

  • Punctures
  • Scratches
  • Cuts
  • Blisters
  • Ulcers
  • Bruises
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Pressure Areas
  • Toenail Problems

Caring For Your Feet

In addition to checking your feet daily for wounds or infection, there are several other things you can do to care for them. In general, you want to avoid activities that can potentially decrease the blood supply to the feet. For instance, smoking or sitting with your legs crossed are both known to diminish blood supply to the feet and should be avoided. Other tips to help you care for your feet include:

  • Keep your feet warm and dry
  • Wash your feet daily, but avoid soaking them
  • Moisturize daily to keep the feet soft, but avoid applying lotion between the toes
  • Wear comfortable footwear that does not need to be “broken in”
  • Wear loose socks to bed
  • Wear warm socks and shoes in cold weather
  • Keep toenails trimmed straight across and see a podiatrist for treatment of ingrown nails

Diabetic foot infections can lead to serious problems, from the spread of infection beyond the foot to amputation of the foot. By caring for your feet and checking them daily, you can help prevent foot wounds from developing or from getting infected. As part of your foot care routine, be sure to see a podiatrist regularly. For treatment of diabetic foot infections in Gresham, OR, visit Gresham Podiatry Center. To schedule an appointment with either Dr. McCammon or Dr. King, call the office at (503) 667-6600.