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Foot Problems Caused by Diabetes

Tuesday, 09 May 2023 00:00

Diabetics are at extreme risk for a number of conditions that can affect the health of the lower extremities. Around 60 percent of diabetics develop a foot ulcer, brought about by peripheral nerve and vascular diseases. For that reason, a simple sore or slight wound on the feet can become a serious health threat. Loss of sensation in the feet and toes, caused by neuropathy, can make it difficult to notice a cut or sore. Constricted blood flow to the feet, caused by peripheral artery disease, can slow the healing process. If left unattended, even a tiny wound can become infected and turn into an open wound, or ulcer. As the untended ulcer continues to grow, tissue may die, and if left long enough can turn into gangrene. If the infection reaches the bone, loss of a limb then becomes a possibility. Diabetic foot ulcers are believed to be responsible for more hospital admissions than any other diabetes complication. The essentials to prevent this chain of events are a careful and regular routine of foot care and consistent regulation of insulin and blood sugar levels. Professional care from a podiatrist is suggested for any diabetic who struggles with such foot problems.  

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM from Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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