Having diabetes can lead to a whole array of foot problems, some that may require amputation if left untreated. At Complete Foot & Ankle in Ridgewood and Garfield, New Jersey, podiatrists Jacob Reinkraut, DPM, FACFAS, Michelle Suh, ABPM; Danny Gomez, DPM, FACFAS; and Meagan Coleman, DPM, AACFAS care about keeping your feet healthy. If you have diabetes and need foot care, call Complete Foot & Ankle or book an appointment online today.
Diabetic Foot Q & A
How does having diabetes affect the health of my feet?
Diabetes is a disease that causes blood sugar levels to rise, leading to complications that may include foot problems. If left untreated, some of these problems may lead to amputation.
Over time, diabetes can cause diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, in your feet. This condition may cause a painful, tingling sensation that eventually leads to numbness. With diabetic neuropathy, you can’t feel heat, cold, or pain.
Diabetic neuropathy can be dangerous if you don’t feel wounds or injuries on your feet. Any open sores can become infected, leading to foot ulcers.
Low blood flow
Diabetes can also reduce the amount of blood flowing to your feet. This limited blood flow slows down your body’s natural healing process, making it more challenging to overcome minor wounds or infections. A bad infection that never heals may lead to gangrene.
Which foot problems can cause problems with diabetes?
Anyone can fall victim to the foot problems listed below. However, people with diabetes are at higher risk of developing an infection from these foot problems. Infections in the feet of people with diabetes may lead to dire complications, such as amputation.
Foot problems to watch out for include:
- Athlete’s foot
- Fungal infections
- Hammer toes
- Ingrown toenails
- Foot ulcers
- Dry skin
- Plantar warts
When should I see a podiatrist about diabetes complications?
If you have diabetes, it’s important to pay attention to the health of your feet. Dr. Reinkraut, Dr. Suh, Danny Gomez, DPM, FACFAS; and Edward Costa, DPM are all trained to deliver the care your feet need. They can answer any questions you may have about proper home care and signs to watch out for.
If you have diabetes, it’s important to call the doctors at Complete Foot & Ankle immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Changes in skin color or temperature
- Swelling in your foot or ankle
- Corns or calluses
- Unusual foot odor
- Pain in your legs
- Open sores that aren’t healing
- Ingrown toenails or toenail fungus
- Dry, cracked skin