Diabetes is a condition caused by high blood sugar. This condition also poses a threat to your feet. Individuals who have diabetes are at risk for developing ulcerations or neuropathy.
Diabetic foot ulcers can form from areas of increased pressure. Areas of increased pressure can lead to calluses, calluses can lead to ulcers, and ulcers can lead to amputations. At HFAA, we have special shoes and inserts that help to more evenly distribute weight, so there are no areas of increased pressure. Wearing these custom inserts and extra depth shoes, decreases or even eliminates the risk of developing calluses or ulcers due to increased pressure points.
Neuropathy is another common health issue associated with diabetes. If you have nerve damage, you may not be able to feel your feet. You may also be unable to sense the position of your feet and toes while walking and balancing, which can cause even more harm to your feet from falls. Normal nerves allow people to sense if their shoes are too tight or are rubbing. With diabetes, you may not be able to properly sense minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes and blisters-all which can lead to big problems.
In our office, Dr. Lockwood treats diabetic neuropathy by first making sure it is not a vitamin deficiency by ordering a blood test. We use products to help supplement vitamin deficiencies such as NeuRX and Neuremedy. We also use Biofreeze to help with any pain, tingling, burning, or numbness patients feel. Each individual patient is different; therefore, it is imperative to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lockwood before starting any type of treatment.
If you are diabetic, it is very important to get your feet checked. At Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, we are here to help with any foot condition you are experiencing. Call us at 309-661-9975 to schedule an appointment today!