Diabetes is a condition characterized by high sugar levels in one’s bloodstream due to insufficient production of insulin, or a total absence of the same from one’s body. With diabetes, your feet are at great risk!
The two most likely and most dangerous conditions for feet are peripheral neuropathy and foot ulcers. Diabetic patients often experience loss of sensation in their feet due to poor blood circulation – a condition that falls in the realm of peripheral neuropathy.
Due to numbness, patients do not feel any cuts or wounds that may appear on or under their feet, causing them to become infected or turn into sores and ulcers. As patients are usually unaware of such injuries, they may not know that their wounds are becoming worse rather than getting better.
If you fear that you have diabetes or are unsure whether you are suffering from this disease or not, it is strongly advised that you seek professional help immediately. Here are a few warning signs that should be kept in mind to identify the early onset of diabetes:
- Numbness or loss of sensation in your feet
- Tingling or pricking sensation around the ankles and feet
- Slow healing of cuts, injuries, and wounds
- Excessively dry and flaky skin
- Cracked and painful heels
Other symptoms associated with diabetes include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, weakness or feeling of exhaustion, and slow or improper healing. If you encounter any of the above-mentioned conditions, we suggest that you consult a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our expert podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas specialize in treating a range of foot health related issues and provide proper care to patients with diabetes. For a thorough examination and effective solutions to your foot problems, visit our offices located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown, MD, or call us to schedule your appointment today.