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Foot Problems Linked to Diabetes

Diabetes, which is a blood sugar and insulin imbalance, is a serious and possibly life-threatening disease. One of the side effects that may come from having diabetes is foot problems. These may be the result of numbness, called sensory diabetic neuropathy, and the inability of wounds to properly heal, termed peripheral vascular disease. Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that limits the patient’s ability to feel the presence of a cut or wound on the foot. If a sore goes untreated, it can develop into an ulcer. Peripheral neuropathy is the constricting of the blood vessels to the feet and toes, caused by high levels of blood sugar. This poor blood flow severely affects the healing process, increasing the danger of an ulcer becoming gangrenous. Common sources of foot problems in diabetics include athlete’s foot, fungal nail infections, corns, blisters, and dry skin. In addition to checking the feet daily for sores and wounds, it is suggested that a diabetic make regular appointments with a podiatrist for examination and treatment of their 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 Princeton Foot & Ankle Associates. 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 one of our offices located in Princeton and West Windsor, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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