Here at Desert Foot Surgeons, our Phoenix podiatrist and the rest of our staff have plenty of experience in treating patients with diabetes. Diabetes often leads to complications involving the feet, and so it is important to have a professional like our Phoenix podiatrist available to you should any foot problems arise as a result of your diabetes. One example of a foot problem associated with diabetes is neuropathy, or nerve damage. Diabetic nerve damage can lessen you ability to feel heat, cold, or even pain in your feet. Neuropathy in the feet is dangerous because you could be walking around on a foot injury without feeling it. In some cases, the foot can become infected because you are unaware of an injury there. Nerve damage can also alter the shape of your feet and toes, in which case the use of therapeutic shoes may be necessary.
Another example of a foot issue associated with diabetes is changes to the skin. For some people, the feet begin to get very dry, and the skin might crack. Calluses are also more common occurrences for people with diabetes, because there are high-pressure areas under the foot. If calluses are not treated properly or build up too much, they can break and turn into open sores, or ulcers. Another common foot issue that our Phoenix podiatrist sees in diabetic patients is a lack of circulation. Decreased circulation makes it difficult for the feet to heal properly. As you can see, there are a number of foot problems that diabetes puts you at risk for. At Desert Foot Surgeons, we put an emphasis on keeping blood sugar levels under control to prevent these and other similar foot problems.
If you are interested in learning more about the various services provided by our Phoenix podiatrist, we encourage you to visit the informative Desert Foot Surgeons website for some additional details. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our services or another related topic, we encourage you to contact our staff for assistance. You can reach us either by phone or online. We look forward to working with you soon here at Desert Foot Surgeons.