Do you have diabetes? If so, taking good care of your feet is the key to living well. It has been estimated that nearly 70% of amputated lower limbs are lost due to diabetes complications every year in the U.S. A person with high blood sugar levels is at an increased risk of complications that can affect his feet. That’s why it’s essential to visit a podiatrist regularly and get the timely and necessary treatment.
MKR Medical PC cares for you! Our highly experienced podiatrist is committed to delivering the best foot care. If you or your loved ones have diabetes, you can schedule your appointment with our experts today! Get the best podiatry services you deserve!
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Diabetes can affect your feet’ health.
Managing your blood sugar level under control is vital to protect your feet from potentially dangerous diabetic complications. On the other hand, high blood sugar levels can even damage your nerves, often known as Diabetic Neuropathy. It can reduce the ability of nerves to send the required signals to your brain.
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Diabetic Neuropathy commonly affects the nerves in the patient’s legs and feet. When your body cannot understand the signals sent from your nerves to the brain, you can lose some sensation in your legs and feet. That means you may not feel pain even when you have a cut or sore on your foot. As a result, you will not know that you have to give the required care to your wounds.
And an unattended foot injury would become a severe condition for a diabetic person. If you leave a foot injury untreated for a long time, you can end up developing a serious infection that requires urgent care.
Watch out for the following signs of diabetic neuropathy, and get the necessary treatment from your healthcare provider if you notice them!
- Tingling sensations or numbness
- Reduced pain sensation
- Foot ulcers
- Reduced sense of temperature changes
In addition to causing nerve damage, diabetes can increase your risk of developing Peripheral Arterial Disease (narrowing of blood vessels). This condition affects the blood vessels in the legs, feet, and toes. Narrower arteries lead to reduced blood flow to your legs and feet. And a simple bump or bruise on your foot will take much longer to heal fully and leave you at risk of developing an infection in that area. If you experience the following signs of PAD, see your doctor immediately!
- Severe leg pain
- Changes in leg color
- Sores on lower extremities
- Weakness or cramps in legs
In general, it is best to visit your podiatrist regularly and get your feet health checked by him!
How can our podiatrists help you?
Our podiatrist is highly qualified and experienced in treating foot problems resulting from diabetic complications. He can easily spot subtle signs of trouble and offer the necessary treatment to prevent dangerous complications. As part of your healthcare team, a podiatrist can recommend tips on maintaining your foot health and taking good care of you at home. You can visit us for timely and effective diabetic foot treatment and care.