If you have damage to your nervous system as a result of diabetes, you probably aren’t able to feel your feet properly. As a result, you probably experience abnormal pressure on the skin, bones, and joints of your feet that you might not be aware of. When these abnormalities go untreated, it can lead to the breakdown of the skin on the foot, which can result in sores that can easily become infected. Because of this, it is very important for people with diabetes to take proper precautions to prevent foot problems before they occur.
If you are able to recognize problems early, you’ll be able to seek the right treatment from your foot doctor before it develops into a bigger problem.
Complications & Symptoms
There are several factors that can increase your chances of developing complications like foot problems or infections. Ill-fitting shoes and lack of personal care are two of the biggest reasons for complications in diabetic patients.
If you suffer from diabetes and experience any of the following symptoms in your feet, it is important to visit your foot doctor immediately:
- Red spots
- Sore spots
- Consistent pain when wearing shoes
Poor Circulation and Nerve Damage
If you have had diabetes for a long time or have issues controlling it, you have a higher risk of damaging the nerves in your feet. When you have nerve damage, you will be unable to sense the position of your feet and toes while walking and balancing, which can cause even more damage to your feet.
People without diabetes are able to sense if their shoes are too tight or if their shoes are rubbing on the feet too much. With nerve damage, you may not be able to properly sense minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes and blister. Untreated, injuries like these can become infected which can ultimately result in loss of limb.
Diabetes can be extremely dangerous to your feet, so it’s important to remember that prevention is key to saving your feet and eliminating pain. Take the necessary precautions now by visiting your foot doctor at Coates Foot and Ankle in Colorado Springs, CO today! Call (719) 632-7878 to speak with a member of our front office team or click here to schedule an appointment online.