People with diabetes are at higher risk of developing foot issues. We have put a list together of complications you should be aware of if you or anyone you know is diabetic. If you or anyone you know is diabetic and is suffering from any of the following, call DM Foot & Ankle Associates at (630) 863-7517 to schedule a visit with one of our physicians today.
Neuropathy is nerve damage that can cause numbness, weakness and sometimes pain. This complication can cause you to lose feeling in your feet, which means a person with neuropathy could have a foot injury and not even know it since they cannot feel their feet. It is important that a person who suffers from diabetic neuropathy ensures they have proper fitting diabetic shoes. Shoes like this can be purchased from our office and sometimes billed to your insurance, depending on your insurance benefits.
Diabetes can cause the skin on your feet to become very dry and possibly peel and crack. This is caused by the nerves that control the oil and moisture in your feet no longer working. To help with this issue, you should always apply a moisturizing cream to your feet after bathing and drying your feet completely. We recommend using Foot Miracle Cream regularly to keep your skin from drying out.
Calluses in a person with diabetes may be covering up a deeper wound or ulceration if they are not trimmed or cared for properly. Never try to cut calluses yourself as this could lead to bigger issues. Always be sure to wear proper fitting shoes and inserts to avoid a callus from building up. Also, be sure to see your podiatrist to have these debrided regularly.
Foot ulcers occur in about 15% of all diabetic patients and have the potential of becoming infected and eventually hospitalizing a diabetic patient due to the infection. 14-24% of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation. Foot ulcers can be caused by a number of things such as: trauma, irritation, lack of feeling in the foot, foot deformities or poor circulation.
Do not ignore leg pain. It is important to discuss any leg or thigh pain that you may be experiencing with your podiatric physician as it may be a warning sign of a serious disease such as peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Symptoms of PAD include:
- Fatigue, tiredness, or pain in your legs, thighs or buttocks that always happens when you walk but goes away when you rest.
- Foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs your sleep.
- Skin wounds or ulcers on your feet or toes that are slow to heal.
Our podiatrists serve Lemont, Homer Glen and neighboring suburbs.