What is At Risk Foot Care?
At Risk Foot Care is a part of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery dedicated to the prevention of life threatening complications associated with Peripheral Artery Disease, Diabetes, and other systemic diseases.
The human foot has a complex interrelation with the rest of the body, which means that it may be the first area to show signs of serious conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease; Here at San Mateo Podiatry Group, we call it At Risk Foot Care.
Why is At Risk Foot Care Important?
- Patients don’t know, or haven’t been told that they have a systemic disease, such as Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) or Diabetes Mellitus (DM).
- Patients with these conditions don’t know that they are at risk for life and limb threatening complications, such as infections, wounds, and amputations.
I can’t get in to see my doctor. What can I do at home?
- Wash your feet daily with lukewarm water and soap.
- Dry your feet well, especially in between the toes.
- Apply a moisturizing lotion everywhere, except between the toes.
- Check your feet for blisters, cuts, or redness. If you can’t see well, get a friend or family member to help.
- Trim your nails straight across and smooth the edge with a nail file.
- Change your socks daily; avoid poor fitting or tight shoes and socks.
- Examine your shoes daily for anything inside or outside the shoe that may irritate your feet.
- NEVER walk barefoot, either indoors or out.
Something doesn’t look right. What do I do??
It’s always easier to prevent a complication;
Don’t let a problem turn into a major medical issue.
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease, Diabetes, of if you’re concerned that you may be at-risk for a foot and ankle complication, we’re here to help. Reserve online, or Call today!