Foot Complications in Diabetics
Diabetes can lead to serious foot conditions. While small wounds or cuts on the feet may not be a major alarm for many, this can quickly turn out to be an ugly infection for diabetics. But infections are just one of the complications that diabetics have to face.
Diabetes can lead to nerve damage in the extremities which includes the feet. Diabetics suffering from neuropathy may experience a lack or total absence of sensation. This makes it possible for people to develop a cut or wound in their feet without knowing it.
Proper foot care for diabetics include visually inspecting the feet regularly. This can be done upon reaching home and removing your shoes.
Diabetics are more likely to suffer from calluses or thick dry skin on their feet. Their skin may not be able to replace dead dry skin because of impaired circulation. Nutrients are not able to reach the skin efficiently. Calluses if not managed properly can develop into ulcers or open sores. Weakened immune system in the feet may not be able to treat this properly.
Consult a podiatrist for recommended callus treatments. Don’t attempt to use blades to cut or reduce thick skin areas. Dr. Jeffrey Petty is a podiatrist who specializes in foot care and treating foot disorders in diabetics.
Foot ulcers are often the result of wearing poorly fitting shoes. This is commonly seen at the bottom of the big toe, side of the feet or at the ball of the feet. This can become infected and require the help of a podiatrist. Foot ulcers may require cleaning or removal of infected tissues.
Diabetics with foot ulcers are advised to rest their feet to avoid infection from spreading deeper. Depending on severity, the podiatrist may advise the use of a cast or special shoe to avoid infection from spreading.
The blood is responsible for bringing much needed nutrients to the cells of the body. It also contains white blood cells to fight infection. High sugar levels in the blood can damage small blood vessels that supply blood to the feet.
Managing your blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels are a must for diabetics. Switching to a healthier lifestyle which includes good eating habits and quitting cigarettes can prevent foot complications from diabetes.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Family Foot & Ankle Centers by clicking here or calling 972-597-4132 to reach our Waxahachie office, 903-872-9910 to reach our Corsicana office, 972-875-3668 to reach our Ennis office, or 254-523-4803 to reach our Mexia office.