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How Diabetes Can Affect the Feet

Tuesday, 14 November 2023 00:00

Diabetes is a complex condition that affects various parts of the body, and one often underestimated area is the feet. One of the most common diabetes-related foot problems is neuropathy, which can result in a loss of sensation. Additionally, it can cause tingling, pain, or weakness in the foot. This loss of sensation can lead to injuries that are unnoticed, such as stepping on a tack or developing a blister, which can worsen and become infected. In addition, nerve damage can also alter the shape of your feet and toes, making it essential to avoid wearing ill-fitting shoes. Having high blood sugar levels for an extended period of time can also cause blood vessels in the foot and leg to narrow and harden, inhibiting proper blood flow to the extremities. This poor circulation to the feet makes them less able to heal and fight off infections and can result in the development of ulcers. If left unattended, foot ulcers can turn into gangrene and possibly the loss of a limb. Wearing proper footwear, lifestyle changes, and working closely with your podiatrist are essential steps in managing diabetes and protecting your feet from complications. If you have foot problems that result from diabetes, it is suggested that you make regular appointments to see a podiatrist for checkups. 

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 Dr. Glen Robison from AZ Foot & 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 our offices located in Mesa and Globe, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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