Why Diabetics Need to Give Extra Attention to Foot Care

Why Diabetics Need to Give Extra Attention to Foot Care

Without great diabetic foot care, your feet are at an increased risk for foot ulcers and infections. While these issues would be much milder in someone without diabetes, you need to keep a close eye on your feet for early signs of damage so they don’t get worse if you do have diabetes. 

Lake Erie Podiatry can teach you the ins and outs of caring for your feet while you have diabetes. Here at our office in Erie, Pennsylvania, podiatrist Michael Ruiz, DPM, specializes in diabetic foot care and treatments for complications when they happen. 

In this blog, you’ll learn why diabetics need to give extra attention to foot care and what you can do to be proactive. 

How diabetes affects the feet

Diabetes affects several of your body systems which can lead to complications of the feet:

The nervous system

Many people with diabetes develop a complication called peripheral neuropathy. This condition affects the peripheral nerves, which are the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. Areas like the feet and legs often feel the effects the most strongly, which can include numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness.

If you have peripheral neuropathy and injure your foot, it could be days or even weeks until you realize that something is amiss. The nerves in your feet aren’t sending pain signals to your brain, so you can’t detect the sensation of the injury. Meanwhile, the wound or injury can get progressively worse or even become infected without your knowledge. 

The circulatory system

Unmanaged or mismanaged diabetes can also affect your circulation, particularly in your feet since they’re so far from your heart. This causes a delay in wound healing, which leaves you prone to infections and ulcers that don’t heal easily on their own. Even a tiny cut can remain in place without your feeling it and develop into a large and difficult-to-treat ulcer. 

If you have diabetes, minor foot injuries can easily become more serious, and you might not be aware of them because of reduced sensation in your feet. That’s why you should be paying extra attention to foot care.

What you can do

There are plenty of steps you can take to be proactive about caring for your feet if you have diabetes. First and foremost, you should closely follow your diabetes treatment plan. This may include taking insulin, monitoring your glucose level, and dieting and exercising to keep your blood sugar under control.

In addition to preventing diabetes complications as a whole with effective blood sugar management, you can care for your feet by:

It is both simple and possible to prevent diabetic foot complications with a little extra consideration and care for your feet. If need be, there are podiatric services available to address complications when they happen.

Schedule your next diabetic foot care appointment by giving Lake Erie Podiatry a call, or by using the convenient online booking feature right away. 

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