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How Diabetes Can Affect the Feet

Tuesday, 21 March 2023 00:00

Many people who have diabetes also struggle with secondary conditions that affect the lower limbs, feet, and toes. Among these are nerve damage, circulation problems, and infections. Nerve damage is the result of long-term high blood sugar levels, which leave the patient with numbness in the feet. This neuropathy can open the door to cuts or sores that cannot be felt and therefore go untreated. It can also cause damage to the bones and joints of the legs and feet. Blocked arteries are also caused by high blood sugar levels, making it more difficult for blood to reach the toes and feet. This makes it difficult for sores and cuts to heal properly, and they can develop into skin ulcers. If not dealt with promptly, ulcers can ultimately lead to developing gangrene. High blood sugar also can put the diabetic at more risk of infection. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options to care for your feet. 

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 one of our podiatrists from Grand Blanc Family Footcare. Our doctors 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 Grand Blanc, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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