Progression of Diabetic Foot Problems

Diabetic foot problems associated with diabetes mellitus can affect one or both feet in type one or type two diabetes cases. These issues, often linked to nerve damage and circulatory problems inherent to diabetes, exhibit symptoms over time. Common diabetic foot problems include skin complications and structural foot alterations, foot ulcers, infections, and foot structure changes. The root cause of diabetic foot problems lies in inadequate insulin regulation, as diabetes disrupts insulin production or responsiveness. Elevated blood sugar levels, over time, inflict nerve damage, leading to peripheral neuropathy and hindered blood circulation, resulting in peripheral artery disease, or PAD. Peripheral neuropathy symptoms can consist of numbness, tingling, and diminished sensation in the feet, making ulcer detection challenging. Left untreated, infections can fester due to impaired blood flow, potentially leading to gangrene and tissue death. Early-stage diabetic foot problems often go unnoticed but can be identified by leg pain, numbness, and skin changes. Timely intervention is crucial. Diabetic foot issues progress at varying rates. Untreated complications may entail ulcers, corns, deformities, muscle weakness, and impaired blood flow. Seeking professional treatment for wounds and infections is vital, with treatments like wound dressings, antibiotics, off-loading devices, and debridement. In severe cases, surgical intervention, such as vascular procedures, skin grafts, or deformity correction may be necessary. If you suffer from diabetic foot problems, it is strongly suggested that you schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist to monitor your feet and do all that is necessary to prevent problems from arising and taking care of those that do.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Craig Foster, DPM from Traction Podiatry Group. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Gilbert, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.