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