The Importance of Having a Board-Certified Podiatrist on Your Diabetic Care Team

Since diabetes is a blood sugar issue, most people don’t think it has anything to do with their feet. However, diabetes can actually cause several foot issues and lead to serious complications, including amputation. 

When you have diabetes, it’s crucial to recognize the warning signs of foot problems, including:

With two state-of-the-art clinics in Texas, Dr. Frank Henry and our team specialize in foot and ankle conditions, including diabetic foot care. If you have diabetes, get your feet evaluated at The Foot Center in Victoria or Marble Falls. This way, you can start your personalized diabetic foot care program and prevent problems before they arise.

Diabetes and foot problems

When you have diabetes, your body doesn't process glucose (sugar) properly, causing high levels of sugar to stay in your blood and circulate throughout your body. Over time, this excess sugar can damage your nerves and circulatory system, leading to diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease.

Diabetic neuropathy

This condition develops when nerve damage lowers your sensitivity in your extremities. This means you have a hard time feeling your feet, which makes it difficult to detect irritation, soreness, or discomfort. As a result, your chances of developing foot injuries like blisters, sores, and infections increase, because you may not notice problems until they progress. 

Peripheral vascular disease

When you have peripheral vascular disease, fatty deposits in your blood vessels interfere with the blood flow to your extremities. The reduced blood flow to your feet can cause pain, infection, and affect your ability to heal.

Both diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease increase your risk of severe foot infections and gangrene, which are conditions that can require amputation. More than 50% of foot amputations in the United States are due to diabetes.

Diabetic foot care

When you have diabetes, you shouldn’t wait for complications to arise. Instead, protect your feet by following a good foot care program. We recommend taking the following steps on a daily basis as part of your diabetic foot care plan:

In addition to your daily foot care practice, we can make recommendations on proper shoes and socks. When you have diabetes, it's essential to select items that keep your feet healthy and comfortable, especially if you already have nerve damage affecting your sensitivity. These include items made with breathable materials that avoid putting pressure on your feet or causing any irritation. 

We also offer innovative neuropathy treatments that provide fast relief for chronic nerve pain and discomfort. These might include prescription-strength topical creams, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, orthotic shoe inserts, and nerve electrotherapy. We also offer cutting-edge Neurogenx™ treatments, which relieve neuropathy symptoms with high-frequency electronic energy waves.

If you have diabetes, learn more about diabetic foot care with a board-certified podiatrist: Call us at The Foot Center or schedule an appointment online today.

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