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How Diabetes Can Impact the Feet

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 00:00

When you have diabetes, it is important for you to check your feet each day to make sure you do not have cuts or blisters that are not healing. Since about half of those with diabetes have nerve damage, it can cause one to lose feeling in their feet and they may not be aware there is a problem until it worsens and possibly becomes a more serious issue. It is obvious that the first order of business is managing the diabetes through diet, exercise, and necessary medication, but while this takes place it will be necessary to maintain good foot health practices – washing feet regularly, wearing well-fitting foot coverings, and checking for numbness, tingling, and pain. Those who are older and/or have other physical health problems are said to have a greater risk for complications from diabetic foot problems, such as ulcers or other infections. Since amputation can be the result of untreated foot problems in those with diabetes, it is suggested that regular visits to a podiatrist become part of routine foot health maintenance.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Jeannette Velazquez, DPM from Bare Foot Care Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Flowery Branch, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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