How Does Diabetes Affect Your Feet?
Diabetes is becoming more prevalent in the United States all the time and it is a condition that can have serious consequences for your foot health.
There are two common types of Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1, also known as insulin dependant diabetes, occurs most frequently in children and young adults. People who suffer from Type 1 Diabetes require daily insulin injections. Type 2 usually affects people over the age of 40 and is the most common.
If diabetes is poorly controlled for a long period of time, it can lead to poor circulation and/or nerve damage, which reduces feeling in the feet.
If you have nerve damage and reduced feeling in your feet, you may not notice an injury, which could lead to infection if the injury is left untreated.
If you have poor circulation, infections and injuries to your feet will take longer to heal because there is less blood flowing through your feet. Blood provides energy to muscles and aids in healing tissue damage, so when there is a lack of blood flow, it slows things down.
The majority of foot problems in diabetics occur when injuries and/or infections go unnoticed and are left untreated or when healing is slowed due to poor circulation.
So, if you suffer from diabetes or you have poor circulation to your feet or nerve damage, you will need to take special care of your feet and be very careful to avoid injuries and infections.
You can help to prevent diabetic foot problems by seeing your podiatrist on a regular basis, inspecting your feet every day for any abnormalities, and contacting a podiatrist if you notice any changes or if you have any concerns.
We have other tips to help you prevent diabetic complications here.
If you are suffering from diabetic foot complications and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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