Diabetes and your feet
Do you have diabetes? Are your worried about all the amputations your hear about? Do you currently have an open sore? Do you experience numbness and tingling in your feet?
If so, then this is the page for you. According to the American Diabetes Association, about 8.3% of the population has diabetes. Diabetes occurs when a person has high blood sugar due to the lack of insulin, or due to the body’s inability to use the insulin it has.
Complications can manifest themselves in many ways, and these complications very often are seen in the feet. High blood sugar can damage nerve endings which may cause tingling, numbness, or pain in the feet or toes. This is called diabetic neuropathy, and identifying it early can prevent problems before they occur. Sometimes the lack of feeling can cause a simple blister or wound to turn into a sore or ulceration, which has the potential to become infected. Very often nerve damage also affects the shape of the foot and can cause foot deformities that can lead problems with shoe gear.
As part of our treatment plan, we can provide resources for diabetic shoe gear and special insoles to prevent abnormal areas of pressure build up that may lead to sores. Diabetics must also be aware of how high blood sugar can affect blood vessels and blood flow to the feet. High blood sugar can narrow or harden arteries of the feet and legs leading to poor circulation. Poor circulation can cause cramping in the feet or legs, and may also cause a delay in healing of a wound or infection that does occur. Here at Prairie Path Foot & Ankle Clinic, we have a comprehensive plan of care to encompass all your diabetic foot needs, from identifying the degree of neuropathy, to prevention of complications, to treating ulcerations if they do occur. Although the best treatment is prevention, we understand that diabetic foot complications may occur. Our seasoned team of doctors can manage any foot complication that may arise.