Common issues our podiatrist at WeTreatFeet encounter:
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels. Over time, high blood sugar levels can damage the nerves and blood vessels in the feet, leading to a range of foot problems. WeTreatFeet Podiatrists treat all of these conditions. Here are some of the difficulties patients with diabetes have with their feet. Click the condition to learn more.
High blood sugar levels can damage the nerves that control sensation in the feet, causing a condition known as neuropathy. Neuropathy can lead to numbness, tingling, burning, or shooting pains in the feet. Patients with neuropathy may not feel injuries or ulcers on their feet, which can lead to infections and other complications.
High blood sugar levels can also damage the blood vessels in the feet, reducing circulation to the area. Poor circulation can lead to slow healing of wounds and ulcers, making them more susceptible to infections.
Foot ulcers are open sores that develop on the feet due to poor circulation or neuropathy. Patients with diabetes are more susceptible to foot ulcers because they may not feel the injury or trauma that caused the ulcer. Foot ulcers can lead to infections and, in severe cases, may require amputation.
Patients with diabetes are more susceptible to infections due to poor circulation and nerve damage. An infection that starts as a small cut or blister can quickly escalate into a serious condition that requires hospitalization. Patients with diabetes should inspect their feet daily and seek medical attention for any signs of infection.
Charcot foot is a condition that occurs when the bones in the foot weaken and collapse due to neuropathy. Patients with Charcot foot may experience redness, swelling, and warmth in the affected foot. If left untreated, Charcot foot can lead to fractures and deformities that may require surgery.
Patients with diabetes are more susceptible to foot deformities, such as hammertoes and bunions, due to nerve damage and poor circulation. These deformities can lead to pressure points on the feet, increasing the risk of foot ulcers and infections.
Patients with diabetes are at an increased risk of foot problems due to nerve damage, poor circulation, and susceptibility to infections. It is essential for patients with diabetes to take good care of their feet by inspecting them daily, wearing proper footwear, and seeking medical attention for any signs of infection or injury. Regular visits to a WeTreatFeet podiatrist can help prevent foot problems and ensure early detection and treatment of any issues that may arise.
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