Managing Your Diabetes Well is Crucial for Maintaining Optimal Podiatric Health

Besides seeing a podiatrist regularly and at the first sign of a foot problem, keeping your blood sugar levels within the target range is the most important thing you can do for your podiatric health.  

When your blood glucose is elevated, the sugar can’t effectively enter your cells for use as energy. Instead, it remains in the bloodstream, leading to wide-ranging complications, including nerve damage and poor circulation that increases your risk for diabetic foot wounds. Talk to your primary care doctor, endocrinologist, or an experienced diabetes educator if you need assistance gaining tighter control of your blood sugar levels. 

Maintaining target blood glucose levels isn’t the only lifestyle change that has a positive impact on both your feet and your overall health and wellness.

Regular Exercise 

Regular exercise offers dual benefits for people with diabetes by helping improve blood sugar control and circulation. Talk to your primary care doctor before beginning a new exercise program to ensure it’s safe and appropriate. You can also ask a physical therapist or fitness professional for advice on how to work more physical activity into your daily routine.

Balanced Diet 

Eating a balanced diet is crucial for diabetic foot health as it helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes overall cardiovascular well-being, and provides essential nutrients that contribute to proper nerve function and circulation, which are key factors in preventing foot wounds and other diabetes-related complications.

Proper Hydration

Drinking plenty of water is essential for proper hydration and diabetic foot health. Not only can staying hydrated help prevent skin dryness and cracking that can lead to complications, but adequate water intake improves overall health and supports the healing process. 

Central Maryland Podiatrists Dr. Eric Harmelin and Dr. Nicholas Fifelski Provide Specialized Care 

When your foot health, mobility, and quality of life are at stake, you need exceptional podiatric care. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how adding one of Annapolis Foot & Ankle Center’s diabetic foot care specialists to your team can help you protect your feet. 

Regular Podiatry Appointments

Regular visits with your podiatrist are crucial in preventing diabetic foot wounds and amputations. These check-ups include routine examinations that help us identify potential issues early, enabling prompt intervention.

Personalized Foot Care Plans 

Dr. Harmelin and Dr. Fifelski work with you to develop a highly customized care plan based on your individual needs and risk factors. These plans typically include instructions for daily foot care, inspections, and nail care, as well as recommendations for diabetes-friendly footwear.

Routine Skin and Nail Care

Simple tasks like trimming your toenails or removing dry skin can be dangerous for people with diabetes. Don’t risk an injury that could lead to infection. Our podiatry professionals can assist you with routine care recommendations.

Prompt Intervention for Injuries and Other Issues 

We strive to help you avoid diabetic foot wounds and ulcers. However, should they develop, the experienced specialists at our Chesapeake Amputation Prevention Center provide the high-level wound care needed to prevent the issue from becoming dire.
Eric Harmelin, DPM
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Experienced Amputation Prevention Specialist and Podiatrist in Annapolis, Stevensville, and Glen Burnie, MD.