When you have diabetes, your body’s inability to produce or properly use the hormone insulin can lead to a range of problems — including those that affect your feet. In fact, foot disease affects nearly 6% of people with diabetes. And even seemingly minor issues with your feet could lead to something more serious without proper care.
Read on to learn more about diabetes and foot health, including ways we can help.
Diabetes makes you more vulnerable to foot problems because of damage related to high blood sugar levels. Over time, these high levels can damage the blood vessels and nerves in your feet.
While anyone with diabetes can develop these issues, diabetic foot disease is more likely if you have:
Diabetic foot conditions are also more likely if you aren't willing or able to follow your diabetes treatment plan.
Diabetic foot problems can take numerous forms. You could develop one issue or several at different severities throughout your life. And in some cases, one leads to another. Specific foot issues linked with diabetes include:
You might develop numbness in your feet due to diabetic neuropathy, for example. That numbness may keep you from noticing a small cut or blister. And if that cut or blister worsens and becomes infected, it could lead to the need for amputation in severe cases.
In addition to following your doctor-recommended diabetes treatment, including taking any needed medications properly and eating a healthy diet, seeing Dr. Stephanie Oexeman regularly can help protect your feet. She can track your foot health, treat existing foot problems, and address any symptoms that crop up before they grow worse.
She may also recommend that you:
If you notice anything unusual about your feet, schedule an exam promptly. Otherwise, our team recommends the ideal frequency of your visits.