Uncontrolled diabetes creates 2 problems with serious repercussions for the feet. Diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease pack a punch when it comes to foot problems.
Peripheral vascular disease refers to the poor circulation in the feet that often accompanies diabetes. Reduced blood flow causes cuts and sores to heal slowly, while increasing the chances for infection, ulcers, and gangrene. Diabetic neuropathy describes nerve damage resulting from chronically high blood sugar levels. This damage may introduce lack of sensation in the feet, so not only do wounds heal slowly, the diabetic patient may not be aware of any damage in the first place.
Daily checks of the feet become an important part of diabetes management. Any foot injury should be brought to Dr. Shabazz’s attention immediately. Prompt attention for conditions such as cuts, ingrown toenails, and other minor foot problems may prevent these from becoming serious. If you’re already experiencing problems due to peripheral vascular disease and diabetic neuropathy, daily foot care should include:
Following your diabetic care plan and maintaining proper blood sugar levels are other essential parts of foot care management.
If you’re not experiencing any problems, an annual checkup appointment may be all you need. Dr. Shabazz may advise you if you require more frequent checkups. Otherwise, call the office if you experience:
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