Diabetes has wide-ranging effects on the health of the entire body. It is especially important not to overlook the implications it can have on the feet. The excess glucose in the blood stream from diabetes can cause problems like neuropathy (nerve damage) and PAD-peripheral arterial disease (narrowed blood vessels).
Neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease are a concern when present on their own. Neuropathy causes pain, tingling and burning sensations, and numbness of the feet while PAD can increase the risk of non-healing foot wounds. These conditions can combine to increase the risk of Charcot foot (severe foot deformity) if left untreated.
Diabetic neuropathy can also turn otherwise minor issues (blisters, calluses, tiny cuts, etc.) into potentially dangerous foot ulcers. The loss of blood supply to the affected tissue can cause gangrene if left untreated. Diabetic ulcers are a leading cause of limb amputation.
If you have diabetes, you need to give special attention to your feet. Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida can help you create an effective diabetic foot care plan to keep you safe. Contact us for more information by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (for those in Lake County) or request an appointment online at one of our five Florida offices.