Diabetic Foot Problems Can Be Prevented with Proper CareMonday, March 3rd, 2014, 3:42 pm
For those with diabetes, foot problems are a common issue. But many of the painful and even dangerous foot conditions associated with diabetes can be prevented with the right care.
Some of the foot problems that diabetics face include nerve damage, poor blood circulation and foot ulcers, which are sores that are prone to severe infection. These issues can cause discomfort and a reduction in mobility, but most importantly, they pose major health risks to the patient.
If left untreated, diabetic foot conditions can become so severe that they may require the amputation of one or more toes, or even of the entire foot. In fact, a new study has found that 75 percent of diabetic-foot related lower limb amputations are preventable.
If you or someone you know have diabetes, make sure that you schedule an appointment with a licensed, experienced foot and ankle fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon in order to have the condition and health of your feet evaluated. Patients should also receive regular health checkups with their general practitioner to ensure that they are handling and controlling their diabetes correctly, whether that is by taking insulin or following a special diet. Checking your Hemoglobin A1c is a simple blood test that provides your practitioner with a picture of your blood glucose (sugar) levels over the past couple of months.
There are several signs and symptoms of foot problems that people with diabetes should look out for when examining their feet. These include a numbness or lack of feeling in the feet, because uncontrolled or long-standing diabetes can result in nerve damage. Nerve damage prevents the feet from feeling heat, cold or even injuries such as cuts or sores.
Nerve damage can also cause one or both of the feet to function differently. Neuropathic foot damage can affect the muscles of the foot, changing your gait and making it more difficult to walk comfortably. Additionally, forefoot deformities such has hammer toes and claw toes can develop in patients due to muscle imbalance.
Another condition that is common among diabetics is dry skin. This is especially dangerous in the foot area, since shoes are the perfect warm, humid breeding ground for harmful germs. Dry skin can cause tiny cracks to form in the skin, through which this bacteria can enter.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment as soon as possible so that any potential problems can be assessed. Your orthopaedic surgeon will also review the various treatments that can address your diabetic foot conditions, and answer any of your questions or concerns
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