About 34.2 million people in the United States suffer from diabetes. Your feet are particularly vulnerable if you suffer from this metabolic condition, which can cause issues like neuropathy and foot ulcers that can cause serious complications. At Permian Basin Foot and Ankle, with locations in Odessa, Midland, and Pecos, Texas, Justin Brown, DPM, Joseph Morgan, DPM, Jordan Womack, DPM and their team can help you prevent diabetic foot problems. Call one of the locations or schedule an appointment online to get the diabetic foot care you need today.
People with diabetes are at risk of developing serious foot problems. When you have a minor issue, such as a blister or abrasion, it can turn into a serious complication that may lead to infection and even amputation.
Diabetes affects your circulation, so wounds don’t get the oxygen and nutrients they need to heal. Wounds take longer to heal, progress much faster, and are more vulnerable to infection. Even a small crack in your skin can lead to an infected ulcer. This type of infection can lead to loss of a toe, foot, or even your leg.
High blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can lead to a condition called neuropathy. This condition, common in people with diabetes, further complicates your foot care. Neuropathy is nerve damage that means you have little or no feeling in your feet so that you won’t notice pain, cuts, blisters, or other injuries very readily.
When you have diabetes, foot care is critical. Meticulous daily inspections of your feet help you find any wounds, blisters, or splits in your heels that need attention. At Permian Basin Foot and Ankle, the podiatrists can treat corns and calluses or ingrown toenails. Always keep your feet clean and moisturized.
Schedule regular foot exams at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle, too. This can ensure you’re doing everything possible to help your diabetic feet stay healthy, and help keep your nails trimmed correctly, so they don’t become ingrown or cause cuts.
In-office vascular testing to check the blood flow in your feet and ankles also helps you understand if you’re at risk of diabetic complications. Poor blood flow can compromise healing if you develop ulcers, blisters, or other open wounds on your feet.
If you do become concerned about ulcers or another complication, schedule an appointment at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle immediately. The practice always has same-day or next-day appointments available. The team is ready to help any injuries heal, prevent infection, and safely remove any dead skin or tissue.
Choose appropriate shoes and socks to help you prevent diabetic foot complications. Wear comfortable shoes that leave ample room for your toes. Make sure you choose clean, dry socks and wear them every day with your shoes. Permian Basin Foot and Ankle can recommend special diabetic shoes or custom orthotics that feature extra support and padding. The team may also recommend other products they carry at their offices to help with neuropathy.
Diabetic feet need extra care, and the professionals at Permian Basin Foot and Ankle can help. Call today for a diabetic foot care appointment or request one using the online tool.