If you have diabetes, you probably already know that it entails much more than simply eliminating sugar from your diet.
Diabetes destroys blood arteries throughout the body, particularly in the feet. It’s possible that your lower extremities will have slow blood flow, which will lead to neuropathy (nerve damage). Once you’ve developed neuropathy, it’s critical to take care of your feet to avoid major repercussions like ulcers or even amputation.
We at Achilles Foot and Ankle Center are here to help you remain on top of your foot health and can treat any diabetes-related concerns that arise.
Diabetes can wreak havoc on nerves and the circulatory system that supports them as the disease advances. Because the feet are the furthest away from the heart, they are the first to experience the effects.
In healthy legs and feet, blood flow is already somewhat slow. When diabetes is added to the equation, blood flow might be slowed even further. As a result, your body’s ability to heal wounds, fight infections, and repair damaged tissues is reduced.
Even a little cut has the potential to fester, resulting in an infection that can grow to the bone, necessitating amputation to prevent the infection from spreading further.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, uncontrolled blood sugar damages nerve tissue, causing phantom pain, tingling, and numbness in the lower extremities. You may not be able to feel a blister, cut, or even a shattered bone in your foot in severe circumstances. And because your brain isn’t receiving any warning signs, it could be hours—or even days—before you notice something is amiss.
Peripheral neuropathy, for example, might rob you of protecting skin sensations, while circulation issues and elevated blood sugar might obstruct good healing—a deadly combination.
That is why, if you have diabetes, you should protect your feet by performing daily foot checks, wearing appropriate socks and shoes, and visiting our Austin office at least once a year for a full foot checkup (or more, depending on the severity of your condition).
It’s possible that doing so will save your feet. They’re also suggested for anyone with diabetes, even those of you who haven’t yet had nerve damage.
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The first and most important thing to do is to inspect your feet on a daily basis. And, if you are ever concerned about something, please contact our office right away; do not put off seeking treatment. Delaying therapy simply allows for the emergence of more serious illnesses.
Following up on that, here are some more proper foot care ideas for you to consider:
When you have diabetes, it’s very important to consult a podiatrist on a regular basis. This will help to avoid foot problems from spiraling out of hand. Any issues about your feet should be addressed right once to avoid catastrophic issues.
We will test you for any indicators of problems, such as impaired circulation or nerve function, when you visit our clinic. We’ll also take care of any routine maintenance needs you have, such as toenail trimming, corn and callus removal, and more.
Diabetic shoes may also be recommended. Diabetic footwear is made to prevent cuts and scrapes, give extra depth and width to accept orthotic inserts, and reduce shear and shock effects on sensitive skin. Many of the frequent issues that can have long-term consequences can be avoided by wearing diabetic footwear.
Whatever your needs are, we are well-equipped to assist you in managing your diabetes and preventing the development of foot and ankle issues as a result of it. All you have to do now is give us a call at (804) 273-1717 or fill out our simple online request form.