Dave Jones from Towyn, Conwy UK, ‘woke up one morning to discover that diabetes- related gangrene had turned his foot black overnight,’ he mentioned to BBC in an interview. He was told that he would lose his leg. However, with the help of skin grafts from his thigh onto his injured foot Jones was able to escape the unimaginable.

Jones states: "I was so lucky, but even so, my recovery was slow, painful, and completely avoidable in the first place. I've been given another chance.” Dr. James Ricketti at James C. Ricketti, DPM, will assist patients with diabetes and will answer all your questions regarding foot care.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes is a serious condition which can cause nerve damage and decrease blood flow to the feet. Therefore, diabetics who suffer foot related issues are more prone to infection. It is important to remember not to smoke, and refrain from drugs which thin out the blood.

If a diabetic encounters a problem with their feet, in extreme cases it can lead to amputation. There are several ways to keep your feet looking healthy and great:

  • Wash them daily
  • Keep feet dry & warm
  • Refrain from tight socks
  • Wear comfortable dry shoes

Feet should remain protected daily. Diabetics should never walk around bare foot. Small cuts or minor injuries can lead to big risks and cause serious issues. If a diabetic ever experiences pain or swelling of the feet, it is recommended that a podiatrist looks at it right away.   

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Hamilton Square, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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