Diabetes causes an increase in blood sugar levels which, if not managed effectively, can wind up damaging nerves and blood vessels, especially in your extremities. As nerves become damaged, sensation is diminished, which makes it harder for you to feel when a cut or blister occurs. It can also make you more prone to falling. At the same time, blood vessel damage can make it much more difficult to heal following a cut, blister or other injury. That means your feet are much more prone to serious infections, and it can be much more difficult to get infections – even minor ones – under control. Eventually, an infection or lack of circulation to the toes and feet can result in amputation.
In addition to slow-healing sores, some of the other signs of diabetes-related foot problems include:
Changes in skin temperature of the feet or toes
Nails that develop fungus
Numbness or pain in the feet or toes
Swelling in the feet or ankles
Changes in the color or texture of the skin
Corns and calluses that crack or bleed
Cracks in the skin, especially in the heel area
Be sure to check your feet every day to look for signs that could indicate a developing issue, and call Dr. Cooper immediately to schedule an evaluation.
As an experienced podiatrist, Dr. Cooper can be a valuable member of your care team, conducting regular foot exams at least once each year to look for signs of problems and treat them before they begin. He can also help you learn strategies to avoid foot problems and to spot issues in their earliest stages.
Dr. Cooper accepts major insurancee plans including No Fault Insurance. For questions regarding your insurance provider, please contact Cooper Podiatry.