When’s the last time you walked outside and talked with your neighbors? The process can be a little intimidating, especially in a society where friendliness isn’t always welcomed. National Night Out on Tuesday, August 5, is a chance to meet your neighbors in Citrus Heights, Carmichael, and Sacramento, all in the name of making the community a safer place. Danger is out there in the form of crime, but also in the form of neuropathy in your feet. That’s why foot care for neuropathy—and care for your neighbors—is so vital. If anything goes wrong, you have a plan.
Extreme changes in blood sugar levels cause this nerve damage in your feet, which creates loss of sensation and feeling. Poor circulation also attributes to slower healing time for diabetics. You might not be able to feel when you step on a tack, get a sliver in your toe, or develop a blister on your heel where your shoes and socks create too much friction. The only thing you’re going to notice is a nasty infection that’s turned into an open wound or diabetic ulcer.
If these wounds won’t heal, you might be looking at amputation of a toe, foot, or your entire lower leg, since gangrene is an infection that is almost impossible to treat.
You want to avoid these sores at all costs, which is why it’s so important to check your feet every day and keep them clean and dry. That way, you’ll be able to notice the slightest difference in the skin or structure of your foot, saving you plenty of pain and concern. Furthermore, be very cautious when you’re cutting your nails.
Foot care for neuropathy might also come in the form of special diabetic shoes or custom-made orthotics, which are both services we offer at the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group’s Neuropathy Care Center of Northern California, serving the greater Sacramento area. Make an appointment with Dr. Brian McDowell or Dr. Tracy L. Basso at the first sign of an open sore. Call our office in Carmichael, CA, at (916) 961-3434.
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