If you suffer from diabetes, you are likely aware of the foot-related complications that may occur. As November is National Diabetes Month, it is important to call attention to the importance of monitoring potential complications that may affect your feet. In fact, did you know that the leading cause of hospitalization amongst people who suffer from diabetes is foot ulcers and infections? Here are some other problems of which you should be aware and measures that you can take to ensure your feet are healthy.
If your diabetes causes nerve pain in your feet, it is called diabetic neuropathy. Sufferers may experience tingling and painful sensations that make you lose feeling in your feet. This is problematic because if you injure yourself, such as stepping on a rock or rolling your ankle, could cause even more serious injuries. If you have a cut or a sore, it can easily become infected.
Lower Blood Flow
If you have diabetes, you might suffer from a lack of blood flow to your legs or your feet. If this is the case, it can make it difficult for your body to naturally heal a sore or infection. If the infection is bad enough, it might not heal altogether, and it could lead to gangrene.
Keep Your Feet Healthy
If you suffer from diabetes, you should look over your feet on a daily basis to make sure you can spot problems before they get worse. Look for warning signs like cuts, sore spots, swelling, ingrown toenails, warts, warm spots, athlete’s foot and more. Please schedule regular appointments with our podiatrists to make sure there aren’t progressing problems.