Your feet are important because they perform so many functions including helping you stand, walk, and support your weight. If you have diabetes, your feet can be affected by the loss of sensation, numbness, lack of adequate circulation, and delayed healing. If you have a small cut or blister, it can develop into a painful diabetic ulcer. That’s where proper wound care comes in. Your podiatrist can tell you more.
Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel at Emerald Coast Podiatry offer comprehensive foot and ankle services, including wound care to help your feet. They have two convenient office locations in Fort Walton Beach, and Crestview, FL.
Diabetes is a serious disease that affects your entire body, especially your extremities. Your ankles, feet, and toes can develop painful diabetic ulcers, which can worsen over time. You can do a lot to help prevent painful diabetic ulcers if you:
- Wash your feet in warm water and mild soap every day
- Apply moisturizing cream to keep your skin from cracking
- Check your feet and toes every day for cuts, open sores, or blisters
- Wear comfortable, supportive socks and shoes to protect your feet and toes
If you develop an open wound on your ankles, feet, or toes, you should:
- Apply topical medication to the wound
- Bandage the wound with sterilized gauze
- Rest and take the weight off your feet
- Take over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Call your podiatrist for advice or to schedule an appointment
When you talk with your podiatrist, he may recommend:
- Prescription oral or topical antibiotics to eliminate infection
- Prescription topical medications to reduce wound pain
- Bandaging to protect the wound
- Assistive devices to help you stay mobile
To learn more about wound care and how it can help your feet, talk with an expert–your podiatrist. Call Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel at Emerald Coast Podiatry, with offices in Fort Walton Beach, and Crestview, FL. Call the Fort Walton office at (850) 862-4119 or the Crestview office at (850) 682-6522.