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Everything you Need to Know about Diabetic Foot Care

Everything you Need to Know about Diabetic Foot Care

Everything you Need to Know about Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes can have an impact on the nerves and blood vessels in the feet, which can lead to numbness or make it hard to heal injuries and resist infections. On top of that, it can make it hard to sense pain in your feet, so you could have a cut and never even know it.

According to the American Diabetes Association, foot problems most often happen when there is nerve damage (called: diabetic neuropathy). A person might experience this as a tingling pain or a weakness in the foot.

However, it can cause a loss of feeling in the foot, too, which is why it’s possible to receive an injury of some kind without realizing it. Many people have stepped on a tack and not realized it until they got home. Other have had serious blisters develop on their feet before they knew what was happening.

In any of these cases, those injuries might not be dealt with until an infection has set in.

Nerve damage and poor blood flow can also lead to changes in the shape of your feet and toes, which could create many other concerns.

Before we go too far down this road, though, let’s be clear about one thing: there is something you can do about it!

Keep a close eye on the condition of your feet and consult with us when you have concerns, and you can minimize your risks and maintain your healthy feet.

Is It True that Diabetes Leads to Foot Amputation?

Many people with diabetes are faced with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). This condition can reduce the blood flow to the feet, and is generally the root cause of nerve damage and reduced sensation there.

When you put all these things together, it can lead ulcers and infections in the feet. If those conditions are not addressed immediately, it may require amputation as a last resort.

What Are Diabetic Foot Ulcers?

Diabetes can increase the risk of foot sores, which are also called diabetic ulcers. These are often painless, so it’s easy to miss them until it’s too late, but they are one of the more common reasons for diabetes patients to end up with a hospital stay.

These ulcers are sometimes caused by too much pressure on your feet and could take weeks or even months to fully heal. This is why you may be asked to use special shoes, braces, or casts to help take the pressure off your feet and speed the healing process.

What Can You Do?

There are several things you can do to protect your feet from these dire consequences.

When Is It Bad Enough to Call the Doctor?

In many cases, patients decide not to consult with their foot and ankle doctor because they simply don’t believe their injury is worth the trouble. They simply don’t believe that “such a small problem” warrants a doctor’s appointment.

However, even small sores and blisters can turn into a real problem if they’re given a chance. They can become infected or otherwise fail to heal properly.

So, when should you make an appointment to get your feet checked? If you have diabetes, it’s worth checking in if you notice:

While the risk of foot problems does increase with diabetes, that doesn’t mean you’re powerless against it. If you stay vigilant, doing everything you can to protect your feet, you can prevent most of the serious foot problems related to diabetes. Call one of our many podiatry offices across the state of Utah to get more information. We want to help you get back to live on the right foot!

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