When you have diabetes, your feet become susceptible to infections, sores, and pain. As a board-certified podiatrist, Felicia Armstrong, DPM, performs diabetic evaluations and treatment at Maryland Podiatry Services in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Armstrong’s comprehensive podiatric plans can help you maintain and achieve optimal diabetic feet health to avoid serious diabetes complications, such as restricted blood flow or amputation. To schedule an appointment, call or book online now.
Diabetes is a chronic condition attributed to uncontrolled high blood sugar levels. Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which takes sugar from the food you eat and gives it to cells for energy. If your pancreas can’t produce insulin or your body doesn’t use it efficiently, sugar can build up in your blood.
This buildup of sugar can lead to a number of serious complications, including blood vessel and nerve damage. While damaged blood vessels can restrict blood flow to your feet, nerve complications may affect your ability to feel pain from a foot sore or blister.
Without treatment, these lesions can become infected, raising your risk of pain and amputation.
High blood sugar levels can lead to serious diabetes foot problems, including:
An ulcer is a sore or break in the skin that can easily become infected. In diabetics, these sores are often slow healing, further raising your risk of infection. Diabetics can develop foot ulcers from a relatively minor injury, such as a scrape or small cut.
Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that causes itching, cracking, and redness in your feet. If you have diabetes, athlete’s foot can become dangerous. Scratching your foot may lead to breaks in the skin, which raises your risk of infection.
If you have nerve damage due to diabetes, you may not even realize you have a blister. That’s why it’s important to check your feet for lesions every morning and night. If these blisters pop on their own, the broken skin can lead to infection.
An ingrown toenail happens when the edge of your toenail starts growing into your skin. Not only is this painful, but a break in the skin exposes you to infection as a diabetic.
The best way to care for diabetic feet is to prevent complications like nerve or blood vessel damage. When you visit Maryland Podiatry Services, Dr. Armstrong performs a comprehensive podiatric exam that identifies early signs of diabetic foot problems.
Meeting with Dr. Armstrong also helps you detect possible signs that you aren’t managing your blood sugar levels properly. By examining your feet, she can recommend specific diet and lifestyle modifications that may improve your overall health.
If you’re prone to diabetic ulcers and infections, Dr. Armstrong may recommend examining your feet throughout the day to check for lesions. A low-sugar diet also helps regulate your blood sugar levels to prevent infection.
Regular exercise encourages blood flow to your extremities, including your feet, to prevent nerve damage. If you’re struggling to exercise regularly due to diabetic foot pain, custom-fit orthotic shoe inserts can help improve your comfort and reduce pain.
To schedule an appointment to care for your diabetic feet, call Maryland Podiatry Services or book a visit online now.