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Martha Jefferson Monday: If I am Diabetic, How Can I Best Take Care of my Feet?

Although it might not be a connection you'd think to make, people with diabetes often times also face problems with their feet. 

Because diabetes affects the nervous system, blood flow to the feet can be reduced, or nerve issues in the foot might make it difficult to feel injuries. 

Regardless of the reason, podiatrists say prevention is key. 

"The best medicine is preventative medicine," said Dr. Bryan Snyder, a podiatrist with Albemarle Family Foot & Ankle. 

The problems can range from simple things like dry skin, to more serious problems such as infections or wounds. Dr. Snyder says a few steps in your daily routine can help you stay on top of the problem. 

"Washing your feet and drying them off really well. Making sure your shoes fit you well so there is no irritation and no place where a sore spot or infection could start. Keeping your skin moisturized using a good lotion each day and making sure there are no places where it can get dry, cracked or infection," said Dr. Snyder. 

In addition, he says checking in with a podiatrist a few times a year can also help ensure you stay on top of any potential problems. 

"When you see the podiatrist they can check for small things that may indicate the beginning of a problem.  They will check the integrity of the skin, changes in swelling and changes in color that can be easily missed," said Dr. Snyder.  "Once again, it's that vigilance that I think is the best preventative measure you can take." 

For more information on this topic, call Health Connection at (434) 654-7009.  

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