Diabetes causes an increase in blood sugar levels which, if not managed effectively, can damage nerves and blood vessels, especially in a diabetic’s extremities. As nerves become damaged, sensation is diminished, which makes it more difficult to notice or feel an injury like a cut or blister occur. At the same time, blood vessel damage can make it more difficult to heal following a cut, blister, or other injury. That means the feet are much more prone to serious infections, and it can be more difficult to get infections – even minor ones – under control. Eventually, an infection or lack of circulation to the toes and feet can result in amputation. The lack of sensation in the feet can also make a person more likely to lose balance and fall.
In addition to slow-healing sores, some of the other signs of diabetes-related foot problems include:
Diabetics should check your feet every day to look for signs that could indicate a developing issue, and call Dr. Patel immediately to schedule an evaluation.
As an experienced podiatrist, Dr. Patel can be a valuable member of your diabetes care team. He will provide regular foot exams, at least once each year, to look for signs of problems and treat them before they begin. He can also help you learn strategies to avoid foot problems and to spot issues in their earliest stages. If any complications do occur, he is highly experienced in treating diabetes related foot issues.
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