Diabetic Foot Care
Proper foot care is always an important part of your well-being. However, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be at higher risk for certain foot injuries and conditions. Keep your feet healthy and functional by contacting Dr. Anant Joshi at Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC.
Diabetic Considerations for Foot Health
Diabetes can wreak havoc on the entire body, particularly the extremities. As the body attempts to manage blood sugar fluctuations, it works to preserve vital organs by pulling the blood away from the extremities. When this happens, it can damage the feet and ankles. While this reaction can be temporary, poorly managed diabetes can lead to permanent damage. Over time, this can impair mobility.
While diabetes can affect many issues, we’ve compiled some of the most common conditions here.
Diabetic Neuropathy: The nerves throughout your body can be very sensitive to damage. They require the ability to send electrical signals through small and delicate neurons and passageways. Unfortunately, uncontrolled diabetes can quickly damage the nerves and impact your ability to relay information. The damage can cause an inability to walk or control muscles.
The loss of feeling in your feet can make it impossible to feel pain or discomfort. Numbness can become a critical issue if your feet are damaged by heat, pressure, or cold. Many patients sustain injuries such as frostbite, burns, or tissue damage because they didn’t recognize a problem. In some cases, “sensory diabetic neuropathy” has led to amputations of the toes or feet.
Peripheral Vascular Disease: This disease is primarily associated with a long-term lack of blood flow to your feet and other extremities. Reduced blood flow to these tissues can cause severe infection. For example, small cuts heal because they are normally perfused with oxygen-rich blood. However, the reduced blood flow may lead to infection for diabetic patients. Patients run the risk of gangrene or amputation as the condition worsens.
Diabetic Ulcers: While anybody can develop ulcers, people with diabetes have an increased risk. Up to 10% of diabetic patients will get some form of ulcer. If the ulcer is caught early, it can be treated with medical help. However, untreated ulcers can lead to infection.
Diabetic Foot Care
Fortunately, there are many proactive treatments for diabetic patients. Dr. Anant Joshi works diligently to create a customized plan to enhance foot health and mobility.
Tips for protecting your feet include:
Washing your feet daily
Checking for new cuts or wounds
Wearing properly-fitted shoes
Clipping toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
Keeping the feet dry to prevent fungal infections
Scheduling routine exams with your podiatrist
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If you live with diabetes, it’s important to have a highly trained podiatrist in your corner. Please schedule an appointment today with Dr. Anant Joshi so he can put his years of experience to work for you!