The Relationship Between Diabetes and Your Feet

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Your pancreas is the gland responsible for the production of insulin, a hormone necessary to regulate blood sugar. When the pancreas is unable to do its job effectively, diabetes results. Of note, although diabetes is a full-body disease, many of its early symptoms and ongoing complications affect foot health.

Diabetes can affect blood flow to the feet and can lead to neuropathy, which makes it hard to perceive pain. This paves the way for the development of dangerous diabetic foot ulcers. If you have diabetes, it is essential that you take active steps to care for your feet every day in order to maintain their wellness and protect yourself from serious, potentially life-threatening, problems. This is even more important if:

  • you have had diabetes for many years.

  • your blood glucose levels are not well managed.

  • you smoke.

  • you are overweight or obese.

  • you don’t exercise.

Get to know your feet and check them daily. If you need help, ask a family member for assistance. Be on the lookout for foot shape changes and for small issues that can turn into or indicate major problems, such as:

  • swelling

  • bruising

  • redness

  • skin anomalies

  • small, unhealed nicks or cuts

  • ingrown toenails

  • changes to nail color, which can indicate toenail fungus

  • blisters

  • calluses or corns

  • coldness, numbness, or tingling

  • burning sensations

Your board-certified podiatrist is a medical professional with years of specialized training in the care of diabetic feet. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you should be examined by a foot doctor at least once a year. If you notice anything out of the ordinary about the appearance of your feet or if anything is uncomfortable, you should be seen as soon as possible.

Are you concerned about diabetes or anything else related to the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment with Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM in our modern, comfortable Pikesville office today.