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How Does Diabetes Affect the Feet?

Although diabetes stems from the pancreas, it is a systemic condition that affects the whole body, including the feet. There are many foot health problems that are associated with diabetes or that are more likely to occur in diabetics. These include poor circulation and nerve damage, which can lead to poorly healing foot wounds or diabetic foot ulcers, corns and calluses, dry or cracked heels, ingrown toenails, fungal infections, hammertoes and bunions, and charcot foot. When caught early, many of these problems can be treated or managed. Inspecting the feet daily for any abnormalities can help detect potential issues. If you have diabetes and notice any pain, numbness, tingling, discoloration, rashes, deformities, or wounds on your feet, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist as soon as possible.  

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 one of our podiatrists from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctors 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 Seaford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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