Diabetic foot infections can be incredibly dangerous and lead to foot amputations. It is critical that diabetics pay close attention to the condition of their feet and call our office at the first sign of trouble. Otherwise, the infection could spread, making the possibility of losing one's feet go from a worst-case scenario to a reality. For this reason, we even encourage diabetic patients to visit our office on an annual basis for an examination.
Why diabetics have problems with their feet
The reason diabetics have a problem with their feet is twofold. First, people who have uncontrolled blood sugar, struggle with white blood cells that cannot complete their job, primarily fighting infection. Thus, diabetic foot infections or illnesses in the body can become worse rather than heal quickly.
Whereas for an individual without diabetes, the body can fight off the infection and recover fairly quickly. This makes prevention far more important. Secondly, people with diabetes can experience restriction in blood flow. Due to the restriction, areas like the feet and hands receive less blood flow, putting them at further risks for health issues.
Nerve damage is a problem
Diabetic neuropathy is also a concern. Nerve damage is common in people with diabetes and when the nerves in the feet and legs sustain damage, it can lead to additional problems. Without the ability to feel sensation in the feet, diabetics can step on something sharp or cut their feet without realizing it. Not being able to feel hot or cold also creates problems since one can burn the feet or catch frostbite without realizing.
Due to these risks, it is important for people with diabetes to seek regular appointments with our clinic. After all, the damaged nerves can make it difficult for a diabetic to even know that something is wrong with their feet.
Visit our clinic right away
We recommend that diabetic patients visit our clinic at the first sign of a problem. This could include sensations like a sharp shooting pain, tingling or even burning in the feet. Also, if a diabetic's feet are numb, this is an indication that there is a serious issue and an appointment should be scheduled right away. Feet falling asleep constantly can also be a sign of an issue.
In any case, we will conduct a thorough examination to determine what the problem is and provide immediate treatment. For diabetics, having the ability to walk around is not a given. Feet problems can create a situation where the feet eventually need to be amputated and this is something we can work very hard to prevent.
As long as we can see patients on a regular basis and provide care early in the infection, we are typically successful in doing so. Again, the key is early detection in the treatment of diabetic foot problems. To learn more about the risks, treatment options or feet conditions in general, call our office.