Diabetes and Podiatry
Diabetes and podiatry go hand in hand. If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, an illness that makes it hard for the body to regulate blood glucose levels, it’s essential to know about the potential foot health risks that the illness creates. These possible complications can be not only uncomfortable, but dangerous. Every 20 seconds a limb is lost to diabetes.
Diabetes can lead to neuropathy, nerve damage in the feet. In turn, this nerve damage leads to a loss of feeling. You might experience unpleasant sensations such as numbness or tingling. The real risk, however, is that small wounds on your feet can go unnoticed, leading to infection and foot ulcers.
Poor circulation is a common complication of diabetes. Low blood flow to the feet makes them feel cold. Worse, it makes it hard for wounds to heal. The small wounds discussed above can become painful ulcers. When ulcers don’t heal, infection and gangrene can occur. Amputation becomes a possibility.
People with diabetes are at increased risk of toenail fungus. It is harder for people with diabetes to recover from small illnesses than it is for others, and this is true for fungal foot infections as well. Further, it is risky for those with diabetes to trim their own toenails. The nails themselves may be thicker and tougher than they used to be, making trimming a challenge. This can increase the risk of small injury to the skin that surrounds the nail during the trimming process and, of course, those injuries can become infected and ulcerated.
Proper care by a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova is critical for patients with diabetes. Your foot doctor can teach you to care for your feet, monitor you for potential problems, and treat any issues that arise before they threaten limb and life. Schedule an appointment with Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM in Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care’s comfortable Pikesville office. Call our friendly staff at 443-872-7052 or click here today.