Over time, diabetes may cause nerve damage, also called diabetic neuropathy, that can cause tingling and pain, and can make you lose feeling in your feet. When you lose feeling in your feet, you may not feel a pebble inside your sock or a blister on your foot, which can lead to cuts and sores.
Patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes can often experience nerve damage and poor circulation within their feet. This damage can cause loss of sensation and overall mobility.
Additionally, diabetes can lead to foot ulcers that can be slow to heal. If these ulcers do not heal and become infected, they can lead to amputation.
“If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to see a podiatrist annually for a foot exam,” explains Neighborhood Health Center’s Chief Medical Administrator Dr. James Burruano, DPM, ABFAS, ACFAS. “Taking preventative care of your extremities, especially your feet, can help you avoid further
complications that can be associated with diabetes and blood sugar control.”
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should consult a podiatrist immediately:
- Burning or tingling sensation in your feet
- Sudden pain in your legs or feet
- Inability to feel hot or cold
- Loss of sensation in your feet
- Change in shape, color, or appearance of feet
- Blisters or wounds on your feet that do not heal
- Loss of hair on your legs, feet, or toes
- Ingrown toenail or thickened toenails
- Fungal infection
- Dry, cracked skin on the heels
A Team Effort
Podiatrists are an integral part of Neighborhood Health Center’s treatment team for patients with diabetes. If you have diabetes, be sure to:
- Inspect your feet daily for cuts, bruises, sores or changes to skin and toenails such as thickness and discoloration.
- Wear thick and comfortable socks that do not have seams that could rub and cause blisters or other skin injuries to your feet.
- Walk and take in light exercise can improve circulation.
- Always wear shoes. Never go barefoot to avoid the risk of cuts and infections which are great for those living with diabetes.
- See your podiatrist. Regularly scheduled appointments with a podiatrist is one of the best ways to ensure your feet remain healthy.
Our Neighborhood Health Center podiatry team is here to help ensure your continued health and wellness. Click here to learn more about the podiatry services available at Neighborhood.