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By Avon Podiatry Associates
January 20, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenails   Diabetes  

If you've experienced an ingrown toenail, you know it's frustrating and painful. However, if you struggle with ingrown toenails in Avon, CT and you also have diabetes, it could lead to serious complications. Learn more about diabetes and an ingrown toenail by discussing the issue with Dr. Richard Grayson and the team at Avon Podiatry Associates today.

Diabetes and Foot Problems

An ingrown toenail – or any foot problem – combined with diabetes can lead to serious problems. Neuropathy, which is a condition that causes you to lose sensitivity in your feet, is linked to diabetes. Over time, high blood sugar levels damage nerves, especially in your feet.

So, what this means for ingrown toenails in Avon, CT. is you may not know you have an ingrown toenail. A reduction in foot sensitivity often leaves ingrown toenails unnoticed. For many people, they don't know until their toes are red, swollen or infected.

People with diabetes are especially susceptible to infections anywhere on their bodies. Most diabetics experience poor blood circulation and aren't able to fight off infections as well as a healthy person. And, a person with diabetes along with foot issues may not know they have an infection until it's too late. The bottom line is you may not feel the pain an ingrown toenail causes due to complications from diabetes.

Frequently Inspect Your Feet

Podiatrists recommend that you inspect your feet carefully every day if you have diabetes. Inspect your feet for cuts, redness, swelling, blisters or corns, – and pay close attention to the toenail borders. If you see any redness, swelling or the surrounding area feels extra sensitive or painful, you may be developing an ingrown toenail.

Treating An Ingrown Toenail

An experienced podiatrist like Dr. Grayson can easily treat an ingrown toenail. Fortunately, most cases heal with some effective at-home treatments like soaking your toe in warm water a few times a day. Unfortunately, some cases require the doctor to remove the part of the toenail that grew into your skin. You can also prevent ingrown toenails by cutting your nails straight across instead of cutting them at an angle.

To learn more about why ingrown toenails in Avon, CT and diabetes are a potentially serious combination, contact Dr. Grayson and our team at Avon Podiatry Associates by calling (860) 677-7733 today.

By Avon Podiatry Associates
May 21, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Diabetes  

It’s important to know how to care for your feet to prevent serious complications.

When it comes to diabetes, the most important thing is keeping your blood sugar levels under control. Managing your diabetes, no matter if Diabetic_Foot_Infectionit’s Type I or Type II means that you are less likely to deal with potentially serious complications, many of which affect the health of your feet. It’s important to know how to properly care for your diabetic feet, as well as when to see our Avon, CT, podiatrist Dr. Richard Grayson for immediate care.

How Diabetes Affects Your Feet

If blood sugar levels are high and aren’t effectively managed with medication and lifestyle changes then you are at an increased risk for diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease, which causes numbness, weakness, pain, and infection if left untreated. If a severe infection develops in the feet this can even lead to amputation.

How to Prevent Foot Complications

Fortunately, there are measures you can take each and every day to protect your feet from diabetic complications. These habits include:

Inspect Feet Daily

How will you ever be able to pinpoint changes in your feet if you don’t ever look at your feet in the first place? It’s important to thoroughly exam your feet looking for potential issues such as:

  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Color changes
  • Sores and open wounds
  • Calluses and corns

Any issues you notice should be talked about with your Avon, CT, foot doctor right away to make sure that even minor symptoms don’t turn into something more serious.

Stay Active

Another way to improve blood sugar levels and the health of your feet, by proxy, is to get moving. Of course, subscribing to an exercise regimen for the first time may seem a bit daunting but our podiatrist can work with you to create an exercise plan that will be easy to maintain. Remember, physical activity doesn’t always mean joining a gym, it could mean everything from a peaceful 30-minute jaunt around your local park to gardening.

Keep Toenails Properly Trimmed

It’s important to keep toenails trimmed properly to prevent snagging or ingrown toenails. If you have trouble trimming your own toenails you may ask a member of your family or turn to our podiatrist in Avon, CT, to trim them for you.

Wear Proper Footwear

It’s important that you never walk around barefoot, even indoors. Choose comfortable socks and shoes that conform to your feet, don’t put pressure on your toes or certain joints, and provide cushioning and support for your feet.

If you are concerned about any changes in your feet and you’re living with diabetes in Avon, CT, it’s best to play it safe and give us a call. Our medical team at Avon Podiatry Associates is here to help.

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