Why does diabetes increase my risk for foot problems?
Diabetes can lead to circulation and nerve problems, especially in your feet and lower legs. These problems can result in you not noticing a minor foot injury.
Additionally, if the muscles and soft tissues in your feet aren’t getting enough fresh blood and oxygen, your body doesn’t heal as efficiently as it should--and this increases the risk of a minor injury developing into a more dangerous condition and infection.
What’s a diabetic foot ulcer?
A diabetic foot ulcer is an open wound on your foot that doesn’t heal and increases your risk of serious infection. This condition is the leading cause of non-trauma-related amputations. Left untreated, infections can spread through your foot, leg, and even further.
What increases my risk of getting a diabetic foot ulcer?
Foot ulcers can develop from a variety of minor wounds, like blisters, ingrown toenails, or other minor injuries. Your risk of developing a diabetic foot ulcer also increases if you have other diabetes-related complications like kidney, eye, or heart problems, or you’re overweight or smoke tobacco.
How are diabetic foot ulcers treated?
Prevention is the first and most critical step in treating diabetic foot ulcers. Dr. Mbanuzue offers diabetic foot care where she checks your feet for signs of neuropathy, circulation problems, and injuries. She trims your toenails and treats calluses and corns to keep your feet healthy.
If you have a diabetic foot ulcer, Dr. Mbanuzue offers orthotics and padding devices to take pressure off your ulcer. She uses a technique called debridement to remove dead skin and tissue and applies medication and dressings.
At home, you must keep your ulcer clean and bandaged. Dr. Mbanuzue teaches you how to change your dressing and clean and dry your feet.
How can I protect my feet if I have diabetes?
Controlling your blood sugar levels and managing your diabetes are among the most steps you can take to prevent diabetic foot ulcers. You should also schedule regular check-ups with Dr. Mbanuzue, so she can talk to you about any symptoms and monitor your feet for any signs of ulcers or other problems. She also recommends wearing clean socks and shoes and not walking barefoot.
Call or schedule an appointment for diabetic foot care at In Step Podiatry online today.