The Warning Signs of Diabetic Limb Damage

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Dr. Robert Hoover's specialties include treating flat feet and associated issues such as bunions.

Diabetes name tagOur doctors provide many services related to diabetic foot care. This includes educating patients about the warning signs of complications from the disease that may lead to limb damage.

When it comes to the lower limbs, issues stemming from diabetes, such as damaged nerves and restricted blood flow, can lead to problems like Charcot foot and diabetic ulcers. The risk for limb amputation is significantly increased in individuals living with diabetes, so it is essential to perform responsible foot care practices.

Knowing the warning signs of diabetic limb damage can help you use preventative measures and seek early treatment before problems reach an “emergency” level. Always keep in mind that even seemingly minor issues can be cause for concern. This is especially true when nerve damage is present.

One of the effects of the disease is diabetic neuropathy, which is nerve damage caused by elevated blood sugar levels. This damage can impair your ability to feel pain and know when an injury has been sustained. If you experience strange sensations in your lower limbs—like burning, tingling, or pain—or are unable to feel anything, make an appointment to see us as soon as possible.

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD), and its symptoms is another indicator of an existing problem. The symptoms of this issue (constricted vessels leading to poor blood flow) include leg pain, lower limb wounds that heal very slowly, coldness in your foot or lower leg, and poor hair and toenail growth. The most common symptom, though, is painful cramping in the hip, thigh, and calve muscles, particularly when walking, exercising, or going up stairs.

One of the best practices for your health and safety is to inspect your feet on a daily basis. Every night, take time to carefully check the tops and bottoms of your feet. Give extra attention to the areas between your toes. This essential component of diabetic foot care allows you to catch issues at the earliest, most easily treatable stages.

If you are diabetic and don’t have a foot care plan in place, contact us today! The disease puts you at heightened risk for serious medical complications, but we can help you create a plan centered on preventative measures and early treatment. Connect with us through our online form or call 407-339-7759 (or 352-589-9550 for those of you calling from Lake County) and we will make an appointment for you at one of our five Florida offices. 

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