Plano, TX (PressExposure) July 13, 2011 -- The problem with diabetes is that it manages to affect the entire body- right from the head to the toe. In fact foot problems are very common among diabetics. A wound as small as a blister, can cause a lot of damage if left unattended. A Plano, Texas based podiatrist, Dr. David Bastawros DPM has offered to help people suffering from diabetic foot wounds.
"Diabetics must constantly monitor their feet to avoid disastrous consequences including amputation. This is because diabetes decreases blood flow and hence injuries are slow to heal. Puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts and even nail problems should not be ignored," says Doctor David Bastawros.
Taking care of the feet is simple, but needs continuous effort. Things like keeping the feet warm, preventing them from getting wet from rain and snow, keeping the feet away from radiators and in front of the fireplace etc. helps to keep them healthy. The right shoes also determine the health of the feet. Diabetics should stay away from pointed-toe-styles and high heels as much as they can. Shoes made with leather upper material and deep toe boxes are also good for the feet. Dr. Bastawros DPM also advises to avoid the same pair of shoes every day. Socks and stockings too should be selected carefully.
"Simple things like avoiding smoke and sitting cross legged can go a long way in keeping the feet healthy. Sitting cross legged and smoking decrease blood pressure to the feat and is hence harmful. When you trim your toenails, make sure that you cut them straight across, carefully avoiding the corners. You could either use a nail file or emery board to do so," adds the podiatrist from Plano, Texas. A well renowned, podiatrist, Dr. David Bastawros is an alumni of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland.
Among his special interests include diabetic limb salvage, foot and ankle wound care, peripheral nerve surgery and foot and ankle biomechanics. He is affiliated to a number of prestigious associations including the American Academy of Wound Management and the American College of Certified Wound Specialists.
About Dr. David Bastawros DPM: Plano, Texas Podiatrist, Dr. Bastawros, is a board certified physician, surgeon and wound care physician practicing in the North Texas area, through his foot and ankle care clinic.
To know more, visit http://www.doctorbastawros.com/