Posts for: September, 2013
What’s the connection between diabetes and feet?
If you are diabetic and experienced foot problems, then you know the connection! During the initial office visit with my diabetic patient population I purposely talk about the most common foot complications connected to diabetes. Diabetic patients are at risk for the following:
Neuropathy: causes numbness,burning,or tingling and diminishes sensation in the feet. An example,a diabetic who is unable to feel an object such as, a piece of glass penetrates the bottom of the foot while walking barefoot.
Ulcers: a break in the skin on the foot. Slow to heal and commonly results in infection. An example, a diabetic patient with an untreated callus on the bottom of the foot . This often connects with loss of protective sensation in feet.
Angiopathy: causes poor circulation,poor healing,swelling and cold feet,absent digital hair,dry skin. An example, a diabetic patient with an infected toe that’s unresponsive to treatment.This often connects with limb loss due to infected non-healing foot wounds.
A simple foot exam by a podiatrist can reveal the connection between diabetes and foot complications. This also connects with reducing the risk of lower-limb loss.
For more information or to set up an appointment, you can visit our website at www.drantonioknowles.comor give our office a call at (901) 537-0078.
Dedicated to your foot health,
Dr. Antonio L. Knowles,DPM