If you have diabetes or another disease that affects the circulation in your feet or that causes decreased sensations, it's important to see a podiatrist regularly so your feet stay healthy. An infection could lead to serious problems, even amputation, so you want to avoid injuries and infections. Here are some podiatrist services you may need.

1. Help With Toe Trimming

It's easy to nick your skin or tear a nail too far down when you trim your own toes, especially if you have trouble reaching your feet properly. Your podiatrist may advise you to leave your toenails alone and come to the office regularly for toe trimming so you can avoid an injury that leads to an infection.

2. Advise You On Footwear

You shouldn't go barefoot when you have diabetes due to the risk you'll step on something and puncture or scratch your foot. You may not even feel the injury and know it needs to be treated to prevent an infection. By wearing shoes all the time, even indoors, the soles of your feet are protected.

However, you need supportive shoes that give your toes plenty of room and that don't rub on your heels. Even the socks you wear should be chosen carefully so there is no seam to irritate your toes or the bottom of your feet.

A foot doctor can help you choose the ideal shoes and socks to wear at home and outdoors. They can even provide orthotics that pad your feet or provide support so your feet have the most comfort and protection.

3. Care For An Injury

Foot injuries are fairly common, and depending on the type of injury you have, you may need to see a podiatrist to help care for it. If you get a sore or injury that doesn't clear up in a few days, let your podiatrist know. Also, watch for the development of ulcers, since these need immediate care from a foot doctor.

4. Teach You About Foot Care

Your foot doctor will probably educate you on how to care for your feet when it comes to washing, drying, and moisturizing so the skin on your feet stays healthy and free from infections. They can also tell you signs to watch for that indicate a foot problem. You might not feel soreness or itching, so you'll need to watch for signs of redness and swelling.

5. Help With Nerve Pain

You might have increased nerve pain with diabetes. Your toes could ache or you might have stabbing pains, especially when your feet get cold. This makes it difficult to sleep at night. Your podiatrist might suggest prescription medications or supplements to help with your foot pain.

For more information, contact a local company like Dr. Christopher H. Peteros, DPM, LLC.