Most people associate diabetes with a blood sugar and insulin imbalance, and that is certainly true. But diabetes can also affect the nervous system, causing a secondary condition termed neuropathy. This is nerve damage that restricts the ability of the peripheral nervous system to send accurate messages to the extremities. The effects of neuropathy in diabetics are commonly experienced in the feet. Symptoms often include a feeling of pins and needles in the feet or toes, pain that is felt especially at night, and numbness. The result of this nerve damage can be the cause of even more complications, such as foot infections and ulcers. A common warning sign is wounds that do not seem to heal. If these are not attended to promptly, they can cause infections and turn into gangrene. Checking the feet daily is paramount in preventing further damage. If you have diabetes, it is a good idea to have regular checkups with a podiatrist who is trained to deal with the effects of diabetes on the feet.
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 Gary J. Kaiserman, DPM from Achilles Footcare Center. 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 our offices located in Forest Lane and West Kiest Boulevard Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.