Diabetic Problems

How Diabetic Problems Can Affect Your Feet

A pair of feet inspected by a doctorOur lives are so hectic these days that it is too easy to lose track of things. This can be a serious thing if you have been diagnosed with diabetes. If you allow your blood glucose to get out of control, however innocently, you may not realize that it is causing diabetic problems until it is too late to do anything about it. One of the most common issues that can arise when this happens involves your feet.

The caring staff at Owl Now Urgent Care is well versed in the potential for diabetic problems. If you think your diabetes or blood glucose levels are behind your foot or leg pain, call them for an immediate appointment!

Good foot care is an important issue for everyone, but most especially for diabetics. Because one of the biggest diabetic problems that can arise has to do with both blood circulation and the nervous systems, it is vitally important that you adopt a regular regimen of foot care. We will explain how to do so, after we discuss the reasons behind why it is so important to do so.

There are two conditions that can develop with you are a diabetic, even with the strictest control over your glucose levels. The first condition, known as diabetic neuropathy, means that the diabetes has begun to damage your nerves. The problem usually begins in a kind of outward-in way, starting with the extremities, like your feet, legs, hands and arms. Left untreated, it can cause you to lose sensation in those areas, and the feet are the usual place that it starts.

There is a secondary condition that develops alongside the diabetic neuropathy, called peripheral vascular disease. This condition affects the way your blood circulates throughout your body. If you develop diabetic neuropathy, the nerve damage in your feet and legs can cause the blood flow to become sluggish, and not feed any wounds or cuts with the healing blood that they will need. Without fresh blood, the tiniest cut can become infected and die, causing gangrene to develop. Once gangrene is present in a toe, or any other part of the foot, it must be removed through amputation to stop the spread of it throughout the body.

Without sensation, you will not be able to feel any foot pain, or leg pain, that may be present. This is why daily inspection and care of your feet and legs is so important. We recommend that you wash and inspect your feet daily. The first sign that you are losing circulation is the appearance of dry skin. Be sure to keep your feet and legs moisturized, using only products that are diabetic friendly. If you notice any blisters, raw spots, toenail fungus or difficulty bending your toes, that you think might be diabetic problems, tell your doctor immediately.