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How Diabetes Can Affect the Feet

Diabetes, characterized by high blood sugar levels, can severely affect your feet. Nerve damage, caused by high blood sugar levels, may lead to a lack of sensation, making it difficult to detect minor sores, cuts, or other foot injuries. Reduced oil and sweat production can cause skin issues and abnormal pressure on bones, muscles, and joints. Compromised blood vessels and immune systems, also the result of raised blood sugar, further increase the risk of infection. These can escalate to serious diabetic complications, like ulcers and gangrene. In the most severe cases, amputation of a toe, foot, or lower leg is required. Regular foot examinations by a podiatrist are important for early detection and treatment of any issues. These foot doctors are medically trained to provide specialized care and interventions to manage foot problems caused by diabetes. If you notice any abnormalities or injuries on your feet, it's suggested that you make an immediate appointment with a podiatrist.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Los Gatos, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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