Diabetics are at a much higher risk for developing foot problems, and more than half of those with diabetes can lose sensation in the feet due to nerve or blood vessel damage. Nerve damage (neuropathy) causes numbness of the feet which hinders the ability to detect pain or discomfort.
Poor blood circulation in the feet makes the healing process slower for a diabetic. People with diabetes need to be aware of how foot problems can affect their health. Minor injuries can become life-threatening, and problems like blisters or ingrown toenails must be carefully attended to as they can lead to serious infections or tissue death. In severe cases, amputation may be necessary.
Common diabetes-related foot and leg problems include infections and ulcers, nail disorders, bunions, and blocked arteries. These problems can arise because of poor circulation in the feet. An ulcer is a sore in the skin that may go all the way to the bone and can lead to a loss of your foot if it does not heal.
Special attention of the feet is a daily necessity for those who have diabetes. Regular doctor visits can ensure that problems are caught early and treated accordingly. Your podiatrist will work with other health care providers to prevent and treat complications from diabetes.
If other surgical procedures to improve blood flow are unsuccessful, amputation may be the only solution to get a patient to be able to walk again. This can include toe, foot of leg amputation. Patients can be expected to return to a normal life, particularly due to the advances in prosthetics.
Diabetic foot care is important to understand. We care about addressing any concerns you're having. If you are interested in learning more about diabetic foot care, as well as podiatry services available in Los Angeles, please call our West Medical offices at (855) 690-0565 and one of our representatives will be happy to address any of your questions, comments, or concerns.
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