Diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, have potential health implications that extend throughout your body. Your feet are no exception. Here at Desert Foot Surgeons, our diabetic foot care will work to prevent the consequences of this disease on your foot health, up to and including the loss of a foot or a whole leg to amputation.
So, how exactly does diabetes impact your foot wellness in Phoenix? When your blood sugar is not properly controlled, you are prone to nerve damage, or what is called neuropathy. This can disrupt the flow of blood to your feet because it is your nervous system that is in charge of regulating your blood flow. As a result, you won’t be able to sense temperature changes or sense pain as easily. You may even cease to notice them at all. You could sustain a serious foot injury and not even know it. Keep in mind that while no one wants to feel pain, it serves a purpose. It alerts you to a problem that needs attention. In order to keep your foot wellness in Phoenix at an optimal level, be sure to check your feet regularly for signs of damage, infections, and blisters. Poor circulation means it is harder to fight off infections. Also look for dry, cracked, or peeling skin because your nerves also are responsible for moisture regulation. You can develop calluses and even foot ulcers. Among the ways of taking care of your feet, our podiatrist may suggest special therapeutic shoes that are made to prevent foot deformities. Above all else, keep a close watch on your blood sugar. Be sure to work closely with your diabetes specialist when it comes to diet, exercise, and medication recommendations.
Your foot wellness in Phoenix is our highest priority, so contact us today to schedule an appointment for diabetic foot care.