Things to Consider About Your Foot Health When You Have Diabetes

More than 34 million people in the US have diabetes. There is no cure for diabetes, but if you manage your blood sugar, make healthy food choices, and exercise regularly, you can reduce your risk of developing diabetes-related health issues. 

Foot problems are among the most common diabetes-related health complications. The expert podiatrists at Lakeridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers have experience and expertise at treating diabetes-related foot issues and can offer advice on how to prevent foot problems from developing. 

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage nerves. About 70% of people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage, also called diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy can affect nerves anywhere in your body, but it most commonly affects hands, legs, and feet.

Symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include numbness, tingling, pain, and swelling. Additionally, neuropathy can lead to dry, cracked feet. Numbness means that even minor foot issues such as blisters or cuts can turn into bigger problems because you can’t feel the pain or irritation. 

Therefore, without knowing that you have a cut or blister, you will most likely not treat it, leading to further irritation and infection. Untreated infections can lead to gangrene and, subsequently, amputation to stop the infection from spreading to other parts of your body.

Furthermore, having diabetes can lead to poor circulation. Poor circulation means that cuts and wounds heal slowly, which can also increase the chance of infection.

How to prevent food problems if you have diabetes

Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to avoid or reduce your risk of developing foot problems. The first step is to focus on your feet. That means, check them and inspect them daily for cuts, blisters, or other issues that may increase your risk of infection or problems.

Other ways to prevent foot problems for those with diabetes include:

Finally, have your feet checked at every doctor visit. Consult our team on the best activities to do to keep your body and feet healthy.

Do you have diabetes-related foot problems? Call Lakeridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers with clinics in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia, to make an appointment with one of our expert podiatrists. 

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