The average person might be wondering, “What does proper foot care have to do with diabetes?” Well, it has been estimated that of the twenty six million Americans living with diabetes, 25% will develop foot problems relating to their disease. Typically, these foot problems develop for various reasons, including poor blood circulation and neuropathy.
Neuropathy is a serious condition that causes pain and numbness in the feet. We pay close attention to diabetic patients with signs of neuropathy because left untreated, serious complications can occur. For instance, a patient with neuropathy is at risk for various cuts, scrapes, and sores since they could hurt themselves and not even know it. We once had a patient present with a nail in his foot and didn’t even know it was there!
Left untreated, diabetics run the risk of ulceration or possibly amputation due to poor circulation and neuropathy. Without proper blood circulation, patients usually see their feet swell and it can take them longer to heal from injuries. Therefore, it is very important for diabetic patients to check their feet daily and take all the necessary preventative foot care measures possible.
A great way to start your proper foot care maintenance is to schedule and appointment with Dr. Lockwood at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates. We have the latest technology to perform your Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam and get you in the proper extra-depth shoes to comfortably suit your needs!