When you have diabetes, taking good care of your feet is important — especially when traveling and placing major stresses on them during holiday activities like shopping. Poor foot care can lead to serious problems, up to and including ulceration or amputation.
During the months of November and December, feet see a lot more action. We're on our feet standing in long lines at stores, using our feet to walk around town with family and friends, or spending time on our feet as we partake in vacation activities. When you have diabetes, everything you do is a risk factor for foot problems.
Whether you're traveling or spending time at home with family and friends, we have some tips to keep your feet happy and healthy this holiday season.
Podiatrist Tips to Follow Before You Travel
Being well-prepared before you leave for your trip will help prevent problems. Follow these guidelines:
· Talk to your doctor about your trip. Ask your doctor how you should care for your feet while you are traveling.
· Write down your doctor’s phone number and a current medication list. Keep this information with you in your carry-on bag, purse, or wallet. This information will be helpful if you need to see a doctor away from home.
· Wear medical identification that states you have diabetes.
Most Important Things to Remember to Bring When You Know You'll Be On Your Feet
1. Comfortable shoes:
· Break in stiff, new shoes before you leave for your trip to avoid foot irritation.
· Plan to wear dress shoes or high-heeled shoes only when necessary.
· Bring at least two pairs of shoes so you can switch pairs often. Changing shoes helps prevent blisters and sore pressure points.
2. Comfortable socks:
· Socks with padding will protect troublesome pressure points.
· Socks made with natural fibers, including cotton and wool, will keep moisture away from your skin and will protect your feet against fungal infections.
3. First-aid kit:
· Pack a first-aid kit so that you can treat cuts, blisters, or other foot sores right away to prevent infection.
· Pack your first-aid kit, medications, syringes, and testing supplies in a purse or carry-on bag so they are not lost or misplaced. (Get a letter from your doctor that explains that you have diabetes and need to carry syringes and testing supplies with you on the plane.)
Guidelines for Diabetic Foot Management from a Podiatrist
1. Examine the tops and bottoms of your feet each day. Look for any blisters, cuts, scratches, or other sores. Also check for redness, increased warmth, ingrown toenails, corns, and calluses.
2. Wash your feet every day with mild soap and lukewarm water. Dry your feet gently and thoroughly.
3. Use lotion on your feet to prevent cracking. Do not apply lotion between your toes.
4. Care for your toenails regularly. Cut your toenails after bathing, when they are soft. Cut toenails straight across and smooth them with an emery board.
5. Do not self-treat corns, calluses, or other foot problems. Go to a doctor or podiatrist to treat these conditions.
6. Don’t wait to treat a minor foot problem. Use your first aid kit for minor issues and make a followup appointment to see your podiatrist as soon as you possibly can.
Looking for a Podiatrist in Bayville or Barnegat NJ? You're in the Right Place!
So, let's assume for a minute that your feet hurt. Or maybe you have bunions, or heel pain treatment. Maybe you've stopped at your primary care physician's office to discuss your concerns, and they let you know you need to see a podiatrist. You can go with a referral from your doctor (and hopefully they refer you to a great podiatric office like ours!), or you can go straight to the internet like everyone else and do a search for "podiatrist" or "foot doctor". You'll see a bunch of choices, including our office if you're searching in or around Southfield. How can you pick between them, and how can you judge which podiatrist is truly best for you?
Find the Podiatrist Near You That Will Fix Your Feet!
1.) Ask your doctor. Many primary care physicians know local podiatrists, especially doctors who see patients with diabetes. You PCP works directly with podiatrists to ensure that individuals with diabetes and foot related conditions get exceptional treatment. If you trust your PCP, ask them for a referral, and if you'd like insight on a particular podiatrist ask about them by name.
2.) Read reviews. The internet is a strange place, allowing you to review your favorite restaurant alongside reviewing your doctor. At our podiatrist practice, we truly care how satisfied our patients are with their care, and as such we ask them about their experience regularly. Because of that & our commitment to the highest level of care, we stand out from the crowd in terms of the sheer volume of positive patient reviews for our practice. See for yourself!
3.) View their surgical results. For instance, at our practice we're proud to talk about our expertise in foot and ankle surgery. Being able to view the results means less worry about upcoming procedures and helps you gauge how wonderful your results might be.
4.) Will they take your insurance? Fact of the matter is insurance is tricky, and not every podiatrist takes your insurance. Use our form on the homepage to verify if we take your insurance!
5.) Does it FEEL right? Meaning, do you feel good about going there? Does the staff and physician make you feel comfortable? When you feel good about your podiatrist, you're more likely to stay current with your followup appointments, which are crucial to ensuring your health. Contact us today to get an appointment scheduled so we can show you just what a difference it makes to come to a group like ours!
Schedule an Appointment With a Podiatrist
If you have any concerns or would like to speak to someone to verify your insurance, we highly recommend calling our office! Contact our Bayville or Barnegat office and we'll work with you to place you with the best podiatrist for your case.
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