Hello, I’m Doctor Sean Hodson from White Sands Podiatry in Destin,
Florida, and today I’d like to talk to you about diabetic peripheral
neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy involves nerve damage… most often in
Patients who are affected lose sensation in their feet and, as a
result, may lose their "early warning system” which is pain. For
example, feet may develop blisters that become infected without a
patient knowing. This is a common problem that often leads to amputation
There are a few things that you can do to reduce the effects of
diabetic neuropathy on your feet. Bathe your feet daily, and check them
over thoroughly for sores, blisters or unusual swelling. Be sure to
check your entire foot, including the sole and between your toes.
Use foot powder between the toes as needed to keep them dry. Keep
your toenails clipped to a reasonable length or see a podiatrist to do
so, and change your socks daily. Keeping your sugars in line is also
You should also wear shoes that fit properly and provide the right
amount of support. Avoid going barefoot, even when you’re just around
the house. You could easily step on something that might cut your foot,
yet be unable to feel it. This in turn could cause an infection.
If you do notice any problems with your feet, seek medical attention
as soon as possible. Remember that as a diabetic, your body’s ability
to heal is already diminished, so trying to treat a foot condition
yourself could prove disastrous.
The good news is that by catching problems early on, we can normally prevent them from becoming big ones.
Keep an eye on your feet, and be sure to contact me if you notice
anything unusual so, together we can take action to prevent the loss of
part or all of your foot!