Diabetes and you feet:
Did you know that diabetics are more prone to foot infections and have an increased chance of lower extremity amputation during their lifetime?
Why do diabetics have more foot problems?
There are two main reasons diabetics have complications with their feet.
1. Nerve damage (neuropathy): Long standing diabetes often (almost 2/3 of diabetics) leads to diminished nerve function. Often causing pain and tingling. However severe nerve damage causes lack of sensation leading to cuts, scratches, and even broken bones in the foot. These problems can go unnoticed by a diabetic leading to devastating events, including amputation.
2. Circulation problems: Diabetes often causes a decrease in blood flow to the extremities. This can cause cuts and scratches not to heal properly, leading to infection and sometimes amputation. A foot with circulation problems is at a much higher risk for infection and amputation.
Some Good News:
Most diabetic complications are avoidable. By visiting you primary doctor regularly and controlling your weight and exercising, (and quitting smoking), you can greatly decrease your chance for the complications listed above.
You should also visit your PODIATRIST regularly (did you know this is recommended for all diabetics by the ADA (American Diabetes Association)).
Common problems such as corns, calluses, and ingrown toenails can lead to foot infections in a diabetic. Diabetics should have these problems cared for by their podiatrist.
Did you know that most insurances and Medicare cover diabetic shoes and inserts?
We will fully examine your foot and the status of your circulation and nerves in our office on your first visit.
Did you know that people with diabetes are 3 times more likely to have nail fungus as people without diabetes?
We will also provide you with diabetic education and literature on how to prevent these complications.