How Does Diabetes Affect Your Feet?

The numbers surrounding diabetes are eye-opening — almost 10% of the population in the United States has diabetes, and this number is increasing by 5% each year. It’s little wonder that the medical world is calling diabetes a national (and global) crisis. And one of the more insidious side effects of this disease is the impact it can have on your foot health.

At Arlington/Mansfield Foot and Ankle Centers, our diabetic foot-care specialists possess the experience and knowledge you need to offset the serious foot-health problems that stem from diabetes. With expert oversight and increased vigilance, we can help you stay one step of diabetic foot-health problems.

Here’s what you need to know about how diabetes affects your feet.

The long reach of diabetes

As we mentioned, diabetes is a systemic problem because of its impact on your body’s very life force — your blood. With diabetes, your body either doesn’t produce enough (or any) insulin to regulate the levels of glucose in your bloodstream, or your body becomes resistant to insulin.

This allows sugar to build up in your blood, which can lead to circulatory issues, especially in places where your blood has to fight both gravity and distance — namely, your feet.

With poor blood flow in your feet, your nerves can become damaged in a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. In fact, the lifetime prevalence of diabetic neuropathy is about 50% among diabetics, which is a number that should provide a wake-up call for anyone with the disease.  

Know the signs of diabetic neuropathy

Since the incidence of diabetic neuropathy is so high, you’d do well to familiarize yourself with the early symptoms. This is important because the earlier we identify the problem, the more easily we can slow or reverse the nerve damage.

The most common signs of diabetic neuropathy include:

At the first signs of any of these symptoms, it’s important that you seek our help immediately. Left unchecked, diabetic neuropathy has very serious and life-altering consequences that can lead to amputation, which is why early intervention is key.

Preventive steps

One of the best ways for you to safeguard the health of your feet is to take proactive steps. First and foremost, it’s critical that you manage your diabetes properly by regulating your blood sugar levels. You can accomplish this with the help of your primary medical team.

When it comes to your foot health, you can protect yourself by:

While there’s much you can do on your own to prevent diabetic foot problems, it’s also important to enlist the help of experts in the field. At Arlington/Mansfield Foot and Ankle Centers, we provide comprehensive diabetic foot care and the expert oversight your feet need to stay one step ahead of diabetic foot problems.

Simply give one of our locations in Arlington or Mansfield, Texas, a call or use the easy online scheduling tool to request an appointment.

You Might Also Enjoy...

What To Do About Warts

If you have warts, you know they can be unsightly, embarrassing, and highly contagious. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with these ugly annoyances any longer. Read on to learn more about plantar warts and what you can do to banish them!

How to Prevent Athlete’s Foot This Summer

Are you worried that unsightly, uncomfortable athlete’s foot could ruin your summer fun? We can help! Read on to learn how you can prevent athlete’s foot from slowing you down this summer and when it could be time to get professional help.

5 Benefits of Wearing Supportive Flats

Wearing heels may make you feel more attractive and fashionable, but the damage they can do to your body and feet is anything but. Learn about the benefits of wearing supportive flats and how they may help you avoid troublesome foot problems.

Dietary Changes for Managing Gout

The chronic, burning pain of gout is something everyone wants to avoid. Did you know simple dietary changes make managing gout easier? Learn what you should and shouldn’t eat to prevent painful gout flare-ups and protect your joint health.

Why You Should Never Ignore Diabetic Foot Ulcers

When you have diabetes, it’s important to take extra care of your feet. Even common blisters can have serious consequences if you develop a foot ulcer. Learn more about why paying attention to foot care should be high on your list.