Diabetic neuropathy is one of the more serious side effects of maintaining high blood sugar levels for a long period of time. Neuropathy brought on by diabetes is the result of damage to the peripheral nerves, blocking the messages that control sensation to the feet. The effect is numbness, tingling, burning pain, and a reduced ability to detect changes in temperature. Weakness in the lower limbs and feet may result in pain, which can be treated with a number of medications. Infections from sores on the feet are commonly associated with peripheral diabetic neuropathy. In many cases, these sores, cuts, or other injuries to the feet become ulcerated because the patient is unable to detect them. Therefore, taking the time each day to inspect the feet, especially the soles, is imperative to ward off further damage. Increasing the level of exercise is thought to be helpful, and some patients receive pain relief from electro-stimulation treatments. If you have diabetes and are experiencing problems in the feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.
Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Parkwood Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.
The Importance of Caring for Your Feet
- Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
- Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.
Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.
It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Brunswick and Hinesville, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.