People with Diabetes are prone to having foot problems. Most often this is related to nerve damage and poor circulation.
People with Diabetes are prone to having foot problems. Most often this is related to nerve damage and poor circulation. People with neuropathy may not detect an injury or irritation and poor circulation in your feet reduces your ability to heal. With diabetes, small foot problems can turn into serious complications quickly such as infections which may require surgery or result in amputations.
For more information on prevention and care, download these diabetic foot care guidelines (PDF) from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Conditions which require further attention include any signs of infection, even if there is no pain. Sores or blister, corns or calluses, dry/ cracked skin, nail disorders, and foot deformities such as hammertoes and bunions should be evaluated by a specialist.
What to Expect When You See the Doctor
Your foot and ankle specialist can keep an eye on your feet. When problems arise they can help heal wounds, preventing amputation. There are many procedures available to save feet and legs, including joint reconstruction and wound healing technologies.
Treatment of the Diabetic foot depends on the condition. Getting regular foot checkups and seeking immediate attention are key in preventing complication which can result in amputations.
Things you can do to prevent Diabetes related foot problems:
- Inspect your feet daily.
- Don’t ignore anything that looks different or suspicious, even if it does not hurt!
- Do not attempt any bathroom surgery such as removal of ingrowing toenails, corns or calluses.
- Get regular foot checks.
- Don’t walk around barefooted.
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