Being diabetic, either type one or type two, makes you susceptible to complications that can affect your health. Your feet are often the target of these effects. At InStep Podiatry, we are committed to maintaining the highest level of foot health for you in spite of the threats that diabetes poses. With proper care and attention, you can avoid the most serious consequences that diabetes can have on your foot, which includes losing a foot entirely. In the most severe cases, patients lose the whole leg.
Improperly controlled blood sugar can cause neuropathy (never damage) that disrupts the flow of blood to your feet. As a result, you may be less able to feel pain or be aware of temperature changes in your feet. This can mean that you won’t even realize that you sustained an injury. Not feeling pain certainly sounds like a positive thing, but pain occurs for a reason, which is to alert you to situations that need to be addressed. Our Pine Lake GA diabetic foot care is most effective when combined with your own regimen at home, such as checking your feet regularly for damage, infections, and blisters. Also, beware of dry skin, cracking, and peeling since the nerves in your feet also control moisture. Part of our Pine Lake GA diabetic foot care is to suggest the use of special therapeutic shoes to avoid any changes to the shape of your foot, since diabetes can lead to foot deformities. And because of reduced circulation, blood vessels narrow and harden, making it more difficult to fight off any possible infections that may occur. Be sure to follow your primary doctor’s recommendations regarding diet and medication for your diabetes. Exercise is a great way to promote increased circulation. And if you are a smoker, consider quitting.
It’s a good idea to have a yearly checkup with our Pine Lake GA diabetic foot care. Why not schedule one with us right now?