A diabetes diagnosis is serious, and among the many things you will want to keep an eye on after you’ve been diagnosed is your foot health. The best way to do that is to see a podiatrist regularly.
Why is this so important?
People with diabetes are subject to a couple of conditions that can have serious consequences on foot health if left untreated:
- Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). Peripheral Artery Disease is a common problem for people with diabetes. PAD is caused by a narrowing of the arteries that carry blood to your limbs—including your feet. This decrease in circulation to the feet can lead to amputation.
- Neuropathy. People with diabetes can also suffer from nerve damage that renders them unable to feel their feet. Neuropathy, like PAD, can lead to poor outcomes, including amputation. Because the person cannot feel their feet, other issues may develop that need medical attention as well.
See a Podiatrist at Least Once a Year—and Maybe More
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you will want to be sure to see your podiatrist at least once a year so that the doctor can screen you for symptoms of PAD and neuropathy—and can treat any other issues that have arisen in your feet. Those issues might include ingrown toenails, open sores, corns, and/or calluses. If your disease becomes more advanced, you will want to see your podiatrist more frequently to lessen the chances of severe outcomes like the loss of a foot.
Between Visits, Keep Your Blood Sugar at Normal Levels
Every person with diabetes knows the importance of keeping their blood sugar levels steady. It isn’t always easy, but doing so is of great benefit across the board—including for your feet. Steady, appropriate blood sugar levels provide protection against diabetic neuropathy.
Our Greatest Feat Is Caring for Your Feet
Protecting your foot health is essential to maintaining an active lifestyle and doing all of the things you love. So, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you will want to get on a regular schedule with InStride Carolina Podiatry Group so that we can help you keep your feet healthy and functional. Contact us today to see if we can help.