For over 25 years, Dr. William Harr, DPM has been providing compassionate and skilled podiatry care and diabetic foot care in Canova Beach. He offers a comprehensive list of foot and ankle care services to patients of all ages. His mission is to exceed your expectations and provide exceptional care for all your podiatric concerns. You will be warmly greeted when you arrive by his compassionate staff. Reducing your anxiety and addressing your healthcare concerns are an important part of the healing process. To that end, Dr. Harr informs his patients about their condition and discusses the possible treatment options so educated choices can be made.
Diabetes is an insidious disease that can affect many different parts of the body if it is not controlled. Foot care complications are very common for diabetic patients and we emphasize the control of blood sugar to avoid these problems. Should diabetic foot problems occur, it is imperative that they be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Diabetic foot care in Canova Beach includes educating each patient about what they can do to prevent foot problems. The most obvious place to start is to control your disease. Work with your health care team to keep your blood glucose in your target range.
Check your feet daily looking at your bare feet for red spots, cuts, swelling, and blisters. If you cannot see the bottoms of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone for help. Stay active and exercise. Discuss with your doctor the benefits of wearing special shoes.
Wash your feet daily and dry them thoroughly. Remember to keep your skin soft by rubbing moisturizing lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes. Keep your toenails trimmed and filed. Wearing shoes and socks at all times can protect your feet. Protect your feet from hot and cold. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. Don’t put your feet into hot water. Test water before putting your feet in it just as you would before bathing a baby. Never use hot water bottles, heating pads, or electric blankets. You can burn your feet without realizing it. Remember to keep the blood flowing to your feet and don’t cross your legs. Smoking is also taboo. For other suggestions about diabetic foot care in Canova Beach, or for general podiatric foot care, call Dr. Harr today.