When you were diagnosed with diabetes, your heart sunk. Although this disease affects millions of people worldwide, you know that it comes with its fair share of risks. One of the greatest risks people with diabetes face is foot injury.
Foot Injury Risks Faced by People With Diabetes
People with diabetes face unique risks when it comes to the health of their feet. Two of the most common injuries, and the most dangerous health risks, include ulcers and neuropathy.
Ulcers present serious health risks for people with diabetes. Blood flow to your feet is limited. This is especially true when you have circulation difficulties caused by diabetes. If you get an ulcer, it’s harder to get healthy blood to your feet to treat the injury. Over time, ulcers or sores that go without treatment could grow, become infected, and reach the point where they cannot be treated.
One side effect of diabetes is poor circulation to your feet. This means that your nerve endings do not get the healthy blood needed to prosper. Over time, they may become damaged, causing your feet to become numb. This makes it difficult for you to walk and increases your risk of serious infection.
You don’t have to put yourself at risk of these and other serious injuries. With help from a podiatrist, you can maintain the health of your feet for years to come.
How Can a Podiatrist Help With Diabetes?
Although you might know that diabetes can impact your feet, what you might not realize is just how valuable it is to have a podiatrist on your side. From regular foot exams to treatment for serious injuries caused by diabetes, Dr. Paul can help you have the healthiest feet possible.
Here’s how: When you first visit the Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates offices, we’ll perform a Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam (CDFE). During this exam, our team will evaluate important indicators of your foot health, including:
- Your circulation
- The health of your nerves
- Signs of ulcers
- Risks of developing sores or an infection
- Your nails
Having a CDFE done regularly will help keep your feet as healthy as possible.
Without wearing the proper foot care, your feet are at risk of blisters, bunions, or other injuries. For people with diabetes, this is a greater danger and health risk. At HFAA, we equip you with the type of shoes needed to support your lifestyle and your health. Talk to us about orthotics that will help you feel better when you walk and reduce your risk of serious complications.
We offer nail care services to help you prevent ingrown toenails. With our help, you can maintain healthy toenails without risk of open cuts or infection from a nail that does not grow back properly.
Get Proactive About Your Health
If you have diabetes, be proactive with the health of your feet. Call 309.661.9975 to talk to learn more about how you can prevent serious injury with diabetic feet.
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