Regular foot care and toenail care for people with diabetes plays an important role in the prevention of many serious complications. These include skin / foot ulcers, gangrene, loss of limb and even loss of life associated with diabetes.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic condition caused by a lack of insulin in the body. We need insulin in our bodies to help change sugars into energy. There are 3 types of Diabetes:
- Type I Diabetes is where the pancreas produces little or no insulin
- Type II Diabetes is where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or does not use the insulin that is produces effectively. This is the more common type
- Gestational Diabetes is a rare condition that occurs during pregnancy and is usually temporary.
A person with diabetes is more vulnerable to have foot injuries and skin issues because of possible nerve damage as well as decreased blood flow to the feet. By taking proper care of your feet, most serious health problems associated with diabetes can be prevented. The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) has patient resources as well as more in depth information regarding Diabetes. In this they have a Diabetes and Foot Care dos and don’ts checklist. A Chiropodist or foot care specialist will be able to help provide you with specific recommendations for you and your lifestyle and case. It is important when you have diabetes to have a Chiropodist or foot care specialist help cut your toenails, treat your ingrown toenails, as well as treat any corn and calluses. A properly fitted pair of Custom Foot Orthotics may also be indicated to help relieve certain areas of your feet of pressure. This is something that a Chiropodist is specially trained in over years of post graduate education.
Call Now to book an appointment for Diabetic Foot Screenings to ensure the health and longevity of your feet! Located in West Oakville, at the corner of Old Bronte and Dundas Street, Chiropodist Brittney Wirtz will provide you with a complete, comprehensive foot and toenail check-up and treatment. Located in a fully accessible medical building with free parking and elevator access, she will take the time needed to educate you on your feet as well as provide a detailed treatment plan that is best suited for you and your foot care.