Footcare Is Essential for People with Diabetes
If you have been diagnosed with or are living with diabetes, your blood sugar levels may be your primary concern, but footcare is also essential. The two most common diabetic complications that can impact the foot are peripheral vascular disease and diabetic neuropathy. These complications can lead to foot deformities, bone and joint deterioration, loss of feeling, foot ulcers, infection, and gangrene. Left untreated and unmonitored, these complications from diabetes can result in serious infection or amputation.
What Is Peripheral Vascular Disease?
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a disorder that can be caused by or aggravated by having diabetes. People with peripheral vascular disease have blockages in the arteries and veins in the feet that can cause damage as the blood flow to your feet slows or stops altogether. Lifestyle changes can help prevent PVD, including eating healthier, exercising, and not smoking.
What Is Diabetic Neuropathy
Diabetic neuropathy is diabetes-caused nerve damage occurring to the legs and feet. It can cause you to experience numbness and pain in your feet and lower legs. Complications from diabetic neuropathy include slower heal times and unnoticed injuries that become infected. This can result in joint damage, gangrene, ulcers, or loss of a toe or foot.
When Should I Seek Treatment?
If you have diabetes and have numbness or pain in your feet have experienced foot deformities, have poor circulation in your lower legs or develop sores or ulcers that are not healing properly, you should make an appointment right away.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and would like to learn more about diabetic foot care, request an appointment with us today. Our friendly and accommodating staff provides prompt and punctual service and is dedicated to providing high-end, compassionate podiatric care. At Northeastern Foot & Ankle, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Khoury takes the time to carefully listen to and understand your medical and cosmetic concerns, recommending and providing the most appropriate treatment options paired with innovative and emerging technologies to help meet your podiatric needs. Call 973.473.6665 or scroll to the top of the page to request an appointment.