Recognizing the Signs of Diabetic Foot Problems

Diabetes, an incurable disease characterized by an inability to manage your blood sugar, can make life tricky. You need to watch what you eat, monitor your glucose levels, maintain a healthy weight, and be diligent about exercising. It seems unfair to add one more thing to that list. But if you don’t pay attention to your feet, you could be setting yourself up for additional complications.

Dr. Evan Breth and Dr. Neha Khanna at Progressive Podiatry in Brooklyn, New York, are expert podiatrists who know all the symptoms of and treatments for diabetic foot problems. And if you’re suffering from early signs of diabetes-related foot issues, our team can treat your condition before your feet get out of hand. 

Understanding why diabetes leads to foot problems

Technically, diabetes involves your pancreas, the organ that produces insulin. If your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or your body doesn’t process it correctly, you have Type 2 diabetes, the most common type.

So what does this have to do with your feet? Over time, diabetes can damage your nerves and blood vessels. When you have an injury or infection, you rely on two things: your ability to feel the problem (nerves) so you can seek care, and healthy blood flow (vessels) so your body can heal itself. If you have diabetes, you may not be able to count on either of those vital reactions. 

Your feet are especially at risk since they’re so far away from your heart and are the last to receive healing elements, a matter made worse by a weakened vascular system.

That means you need to be diligent about your foot care. Here’s what you need to look for.

Signs of diabetic foot problems

If you have diabetes, check your feet every day for cuts, bruises, and anything out of the ordinary. Don’t trust your feet to register pain. If you have neuropathy, nerve damage, you won’t know you have an injury unless you see it with your eyes. Here are some common telltale signs of diabetic foot issues:

Clearly, your feet are vulnerable to all kinds of health problems. The good news is that if you catch them early by checking them often, you can usually prevent them from becoming serious.

Self-care for your diabetic feet

The best way to keep your diabetic feet healthy is to take good care of them at home every day. Here are some tips for keeping an eye on your feet:

If you follow these tips, you should be able to head off diabetic foot problems. But if you’re already suffering from one or more of these issues, we can help. Call us at one of our four convenient locations or book an appointment online to get started on healing your diabetic feet.

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