Diabetes FAQ

What should I look for in a diabetic foot self-exam?

If you have diabetes, daily foot exams are a critical component of maintaining healthy feet and avoiding nasty complications such as wounds or ulcers, which (if untreated) may lead to serious infections or even necessary amputations.

You should be checking for anything out of the ordinary, even if it seems relatively minor. Cuts, bruises, cracks in the skin, redness, swelling, ingrown toenails, rashes or athlete’s foot, even temperature changes—any of these could be an early indicator of a potential problem.

Look at your feet carefully, including top, bottom, and between toes. Use a mirror or enlist a friend if you have to. Feel your feet with your hands for bumps and temperature. Gently squeeze toes to test for blood flow—normal color should return within 5 seconds. You should also track your progress over time, to make sure you note any changes.

If you find anything during your self-exam, or it’s time for your annual diabetic foot checkup, please call Associates in Podiatry today for a comprehensive examination and care. Remaining vigilant can help you stay healthy and happy for years to come! Reach us at (609) 924-8333 for the Princeton, NJ office, or (908) 687-5757 for Roselle Park.

How can I manage my neuropathy at home?

Symptoms of neuropathy, like pain, tingling, burning, and numbness, can interfere with daily life, but you don’t have to let them! There are steps you can take to minimize discomfort and manage neuropathy at home.

First off, keep your blood sugar under control and make sure your diet provides plenty of nerve-nourishing vitamins B and D. Also, don’t smoke, limit alcohol, and be sure to exercise every day to encourage good blood flow – a few lifestyle changes can go a long way! Other blood-pumping boosters include a warm foot soak or relaxing massage. Finally, there are various medications we can prescribe that will help to alleviate symptoms, as well.

Call us with questions or to find out more by dialing (908) 687-5757 to reach our Roselle Park, NJ office or (609) 924-8333 to contact our Princeton location. With our help and a little at-home care, you can live a full and active life with neuropathy!

What are the benefits of diabetic socks and shoes?

Those with diabetes need to protect their feet from harm since even the smallest wound or injury can lead to serious complications. Diabetic socks and shoes are a great way to keep your feet safe!

Socks made especially for diabetic feet have no irritating seams, compress without constricting to encourage blood flow and reduce swelling, and offer squared toes for plenty of wiggle room. They also provide padding that protects feet from excessive pressure. They are made of moisture-wicking materials to help your feet stay clear of fungal infections.

Diabetic shoes provide additional support and cushion in all the right places, with a durable yet flexible sole to keep obstructions out and your feet secure. They are also made of breathable materials.

Give us a call if you’d like more information on the benefits of diabetic socks and shoes. You can reach our Princeton, NJ office at (609) 924-8333, or dial (908) 687-5757 to contact our Roselle Park location. It’s important to keep your feet safe when you have diabetes. We can help!

Why is my wound not healing?

A wound on your foot that is not healing can indicate that your circulation is being compromised. This may be due to smoking, poor nutrition, or certain medications. It can also stem from conditions like diabetes and peripheral arterial disease which slow blood flow and decrease your body’s ability to deliver the nutrients wounds need for the healing process to occur.

A sore that doesn’t seem to be going away can also result from continued pressure being placed upon it. Such continued aggravation of the wound can cause tissues to break down, making it get worse instead of better.

The longer a wound stays open, the more likely it will become infected and lead to serious complications. If you believe you have a wound that’s not healing, don’t hesitate to call us so we can treat the problem promptly and you can avoid major consequences. Dial (609) 924-8333 to contact our Princeton, NJ location, or call (908) 687-5757 to reach our Roselle Park office.

How are diabetic wounds treated?

Diabetic wounds can have dangerous consequences, so it is vital that they are addressed as soon as possible. Call us immediately if you notice a problem! Treatment for diabetic wounds typically follows this sequence:

Cleaning the wound – this is done with warm water only

Treating a diabetic woundDebridement – the process of removing damaged tissues

Preventing infection – applying medication and dressing the wound

Off-loading – taking pressure off the wound while it heals. This can be done with a special boot, scooter, or crutches.

It’s important to change the dressings and clean the wound daily, as well as manage your diabetes to keep glucose levels in check so they do not impede the healing process.

Make sure you check your feet daily for any signs of a diabetic wound to receive the prompt treatment needed to help you stay healthy and safe. Always wearing proper footwear to protect your feet will help to avoid problems from the start.

For more information or help with wound care or diabetes, don’t hesitate to call us in Roselle Park at (908) 687-5757 or (609) 924-8333 in Princeton.