Diabetes and Your Feet

CONDITIONS WE TREAT:

  • Heel & Arch Pain
  • Arthritis & Bone Spurs
  • Diabetic Care
  • Children's Injuries
  • Geriatric Care
  • Dermatology
  • Dermatitis
  • Arterial & Venous Conditions
  • Ingrown Nails
  • Puncture Wounds
  • Advanced Wound Care
  • Skin Grafting
  • Soft Tissue Masses
  • Lumps and Bumps
  • Nerve Conditions
  • Neuropathy
  • Shin Splints
  • Pronation
  • Supination
  • Toenail Conditions
  • Psoriasis
  • Warts
  • Lacerations
  • Gout
  • Infections
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Congenital Deformities
  • Hammer Toes
  • Corns
  • Callouses
  • Pump Bump
  • Hagland's Deformity
  • Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
  • Pre-dislocation Syndrome
  • Hallux Limitus
  • Hallux Rigidus
  • Fibromatosis
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sport Injuries
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Trauma
  • Bunion
  • Tailor's Bunion
  • Short Metatarsal
  • High Arched Feet
  • Flat Feet
  • Hammer Toes
  • Burns
  • Congenital Defects
  • Neuromas
  • Skin Lesions
  • Joint Implants
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Degenerative Arthritis
  • Tumors
  • Tendon Repair
  • Scars
  • Contractures

PARTIAL LIST OF TREATMENTS

  • Reconstruction of Foot & Ankle
  • Ankle Distraction for DJD/Trauma
  • Ankle Fusion
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Big Toe Distraction for DJD
  • Bunion Repair
  • Cavus Reconstruction
  • Custom-made Orthotics & Braces
  • Charcot Reconstruction
  • Deformity Correction
  • Cryopen
  • Diabetic Surgeries
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • External Fixation
  • Flatfoot Reconstruction
  • Fracture Repair
  • Hammertoe Correction
  • Ilizarov Frame
  • Iontophoresis
  • Joint Preservation
  • Joint Fusion
  • Ligament Repair
  • Metatarsal Lengthening
  • Mini-External Fixation
  • Neuropathy Treatment
  • Neuroma Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Fracture Healing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Shock Wave Therapy (ESTW)
  • Tendon Repair & Transfer
  • Triple Arthrodesis
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Heel Spur Surgery (Endoscopic & Open)
 

Diabetes is a lifelong chronic disease that is caused by high levels of sugar in the blood. It can also decrease your body's ability to fight off infections, which is especially harmful in your feet. When diabetes is not properly controlled, damage can occur to the organs and impairment of the immune system is also likely to occur.

With damage to your nervous system, you may not be able to feel your feet properly. Normal sweat secretion and oil production that lubricates the skin of the foot is impaired, which can lead to an abnormal pressure on the skin, bones, and joints of the foot during walking and other activities. This can even lead to the breakdown of the skin of the foot, which often causes sores to develop. If you have diabetes, it is important to prevent foot problems before they occur, recognize problems early, and seek the right treatment when a problem does happen.

Diabetic Complications and Your Feet

When it comes to your feet, there are several risk factors that can increase your chances of developing foot problems and diabetic infections in the legs and feet. First of all, poorly fitting shoes are one of the biggest culprits of diabetic foot complications. If you have red spots, sore spots, blisters, corns, calluses, or consistent pain associated with wearing shoes, new proper fitted shoes must be obtained immediately. Additionally, if you have common foot abnormalities such as flat feet, bunions, or hammertoes, prescription shoes or orthotics from your podiatrist may be necessary to further protect your feet from other damage.

People who have long-standing or poorly controlled diabetes are also at risk for having damage to the nerves in their feet, which is known in the medical community as peripheral neuropathy. If you have nerve damage, you may not be able to feel your feet normally and you may also be unable to sense the position of your feet and toes while walking and balancing, which can cause even more harm to your feet.

Normal nerves allow people to sense if their shoes are too tight or if their shoes are rubbing on the feet too much. With diabetes, you may not be able to properly sense minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes and blisters-all signs of abnormal wear, tear, and foot strain. The following can also compromise the health of your feet:

  • Poor circulation
  • Trauma to the foot
  • Infections
  • Smoking

Diabetes can be extremely dangerous to your feet, so take precautions now. You can avoid serious problems such as losing a toe, foot, or leg by following proper prevention techniques offered by your podiatrist. Remember, prevention is the key to saving your feet and eliminating pain.