In the US today millions of diabetic patients suffer with nerve damage causing a loss of sensation in their lower extremities, or neuropathy.
So what actually does this entail? This means that these patients are at higher risk of developing conditions which can lead to limb amputation. If one cannot feel his ankle, foot, or toes then a simple blister or sore may go unnoticed and could become infected and cause many obstacles.
There are several ways in which you can prevent these complications so don’t be too alarmed.
One easy way is to simply take notice of your feet. Diabetics should check their feet daily; look for redness, swelling, discharge or other changes. You should also have a medical professional clip your toenails, especially if your toes are numb.
Another way to help avert problems is to always wear socks and shoes to protect your feet from falling or sharp objects.
And finally, be sure you’re wearing properly fitted shoes. Our Gulf South team can assist you in choosing the best style and fit for your needs.
To help reduce the risk of further diabetic hurdles, you should add a podiatrist to your health-care team. Getting your feet examined regularly by a podiatrist is a step in the right direction. And remember if you experience any issues such as numbness, redness, sores or other ankle and foot ailments, don’t wait! Make an appointment today before things get worse.
At Gulf South Foot & Ankle, we take the foot care of our diabetic patients very seriously.
Ask about our L.E.A.P. program: Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention