If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, swollen feet aren’t a foot issue that you take lightly or ignore. Swollen feet are the telltale sign of bigger complications because of diabetes, which can be symptoms of circulation problems or nerve damage, also known as peripheral neuropathy. Both conditions can worsen and become severe if you don’t treat properly. Consequences such as foot or leg amputations may result.
What should you do if you notice your feet swelling? Podiatrist Harvey Danciger provides the following safety tips to help prevent swollen feet and protect it from developing into a severe complication. These tips include:
- See Dr. Danciger if your feet start to tingle. Tingling, numbness, throbbing, or burning feet are warning signs for swollen feet and peripheral neuropathy development. Make sure you are aware of how your feet feel so if these symptoms do occur, you know to call your Podiatrist right away to evaluate the problem.
- Engage in regular foot care. Cleaning and bandaging any cuts or scrapes, massaging your feet daily, and moisturize. All of these are great foot care tips that protect against foot infection, which may lead to swelling and circulation problems.
- Keep your toenails in prime condition. Toenails that are long and unclean create an opportunity for infection and swelling to develop. Make sure you keep yours trim and clean or make regular appointments with Dr. Danciger to help.
- Make sure your shoes fit. Properly fit shoes are a number one priority for people with diabetes. Shoes that are an accurate size and fit the shape of your foot with the right amount of support, can decrease your risk of infection, foot wounds, and circulation problems.
Use general foot care regimens in your daily routine to protect against swelling and further complications. If you are experiencing foot swelling symptoms, please contact our office right away to set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger. He can ensure your feet are given the best care possible.