Diabetic Foot Care - Podiatrist in Largo, Clearwater and St Petersburg, FL - Dale Monast, DPM
Podiatrist Dr. Dale Monast of Largo Foot and Ankle Center discusses why it is so important for diabetics to have a comprehensive foot exam to avoid the complications from diabetes.
Foot problems are a big risk in diabetics. Diabetics must constantly monitor their feet or face severe consequences, including amputation.
With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that's too tight can cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. When your wound is not healing, it's at risk for infection. As a diabetic, your infections spread quickly. If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day. Look for puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts and nail problems. Get someone to help you, or use a mirror.
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