Foot problems are common in people with diabetes.
Over time, elevated blood sugar levels associated with diabetes may cause nerve damage, also called diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy may be described as burning, tingling and pain, and ultimately can lead to a complete loss of sensation in your feet. When you lose feeling in your feet, you may not feel trauma that may be harmful to the foot, for example a piece of broken glass or a blister on your foot. This trauma may lead to cuts and sores which can become infected over time.
Diabetes also can reduce your peripheral circulation and lower the amount of blood flow in your feet. Not having enough blood flowing to your legs and feet can make it hard for a sore or an infection to heal. Sometimes, a bad infection never heals. The infection might lead to gangrene.
Gangrene and foot ulcers that are left untreated or do not get better with treatment can lead to an amputation of your toe, foot, or part of your leg. A surgeon may perform an amputation to prevent a bad infection from spreading to the rest of your body, and to save your life.
Good foot care is very important for diabetics and those suffering from peripheral neuropathy and/ or peripheral vascular disease. Regular podiatric care aims to prevent serious infections and gangrene.
Regular care and advice from our podiatrists can teach you how to look after your feet and prevent infection. It is imperative that diabetic patients remain mobile and can walk free of pain. Walking increases circulation and improves general health. The podiatrist can inform you which footwear is most suitable and prescribe the appropriate orthotic device if necessary.
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