There are often many complications associated with the disease diabetes. Diabetes often disrupts the vascular system, affecting many areas of the body such as the eyes, kidneys, legs and feet. It is recommended that everyone with diabetes or high blood sugar levels gets their feet tested to determine if there is any deterioration of the blood supply or feeling to the feet to prevent diabetes-associated complications.
FOOT PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED WITH DIABETES
Diabetic foot conditions develop from a combination of causes including poor circulation and Neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy can cause insensitivity or a loss of ability to feel pain, heat and cold. Diabetics suffering from neuropathy can develop minor cuts, scrapes, blisters or pressure sores that they may not be aware of due to the insensitivity. If these minor injuries are left untreated complications may arise and lead to ulceration and possibly even amputation.
Neuropathy can also cause deformities such as Bunions, Hammer Toes and Charcot Feet.
It is very important for diabetics to take the necessary precautions to prevent all foot related injuries. Due to the consequences of neuropathy, daily observation of the feet is critical. Taking the necessary preventive foot care measures can reduce the risks of serious foot conditions for diabetic patients.
Diabetes often leads to peripheral vascular disease which inhibits a person’s blood circulation. With this condition there is a narrowing of the arteries that leads to significantly decreased circulation in the lower part of the legs and the feet. Poor circulation contributes to diabetic foot problems by reducing the amount of oxygen and nutrition supplied to the skin and other tissue, therefore causing injuries to heal slowly.
Poor circulation can also lead to swelling and dryness of the foot. Preventing foot complications is critical for diabetic patients as poor circulation impairs the healing process and can lead to ulcers, infection and other serious foot conditions.
We can assess your feet and let you and your doctor know your risk of diabetes. Contact us for more information or to make an appointment.
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