If you have diabetes, it’s important not just to keep your blood sugar under control, but also to be aware of potential complications, including peripheral neuropathy and foot wounds. Board-certified podiatrists Lee K. Gold, DPM, and Ignazio D. Perna, DPM, help you manage and prevent diabetic foot complications. They have six convenient locations throughout the Detroit metropolitan area, in Brighton, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Taylor, and Troy, Michigan. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone.
When you have diabetes, foot problems that are minor for most people can easily lead to complications. To prevent diabetes-related foot issues, you need to take special care of your feet.
Diabetes often causes problems with blood circulation, so sores and wounds heal more slowly than usual. Because of this, a small cut or blister can lead to serious infections or even, in extreme cases, amputation.
In addition to circulation problems, many people with diabetes have peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage that causes a loss of feeling in your feet. If you have neuropathy, you may not feel pain from a cut or blister, so you need to regularly check your feet for any signs of a wound.
As with other complications of diabetes, regulating your blood sugar is vital to prevent diabetic foot wounds and neuropathy. Doing so can improve your circulation and nerve function. Diabetes management includes:
To prevent and manage diabetic foot complications, you also need to take good care of your feet, including by:
Dr. Gold and Dr. Perna can give you guidance on taking care of your feet, including recommendations for soaps and lotions that are safe to use. If you notice any swelling or bruising, or signs of a wound or infection, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Don’t try to treat a foot injury at home, as this can increase your risk of infection.
Therapeutic shoes designed for people with diabetes can improve your circulation, protect your skin from wounds, and relieve pressure on your feet. Features of diabetic shoes include:
The doctors write prescriptions for diabetic footwear as well as orthotics, custom-made shoe inserts.
Foot care is a crucial part of diabetes management. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna either online or over the phone.