The month of November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a disease that affects almost 26 million people all over the Unites States. It is important for those suffering from diabetes, as well as those who haven’t yet been diagnosed, to know the risks and complications that come with diabetes and to be aware to avoid any serious problems.
What does diabetes have to do with feet?
There are many foot problems that can accompany diabetes, some can be quick and severe, while others can be slow and make you susceptible to things like peripheral arterial disease or amputations.
Here are some common problems associated with diabetes:
Neuropathy: Nerve damage resulting in loss of feeling in the legs that can also be accompanied by pain.
Skin Changes: Dry feet resulting from losing control of nerves that affect oil and moisture.
Foot Ulcers: Ulcers occur most often on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. If neglected, infections may occur which can lead to amputations. It is important to get ulcers checked and treated in the beginning stages.
Poor Circulation: Your foot is more susceptible to infections and it may be harder to heal with poor circulation. Smoking worsens circulation but exercise helps it!
How can DMFA help?
Here at DM Foot & Ankle, we offer comprehensive and healthy foot treatments for the different complications that may occur with diabetes. We schedule annual foot examinations, in which we observe and treat overall health of patient’s skin, circulation, nerves, and foot structure. For neuropathic feet, we cut toenails safely and take care of calluses, which can ulcerate if they’re left untreated.
In terms of foot protection, we have several different lines of Medicare- approved diabetic shoes that help protect the feet with extra thickness in the soles. We offer all of these services and many more! Make sure to call our office with any questions or to schedule a yearly foot exam if you are having problems like the ones mentioned above. It’s time to help raise awareness of diabetes!