Spotlight on Foot Health During National Diabetes Awareness Month
Did you know that November is National Diabetes Awareness month? As a common and prevalent disease that often causes potential foot complications, we regularly work with patients suffering from diabetes who are facing related issues. The team here at Precision Podiatry would like to take a moment to consider foot complications that can result from diabetes and what can be done to manage them effectively.
Resulting Foot Complications
As a disease that causes nerve damage in the hands and feet of our patients and can also contribute to poor circulation, diabetes can lead to a number of foot problems. These foot problems include but are not limited to infections, ulcers, and gangrene, to name a few. Wounds that are slow to heal are another common foot complication our diabetic patients deal with.
Seemingly manageable issues such as minor cuts can quickly become difficult to handle due to this slow healing process. In light of the slower healing process, it is especially important for those suffering from diabetes to be particularly carefully when cutting your nails. We highly recommend that you closely monitor and inspect your feet for cuts and sores, big or small, on a daily basis. Any nail issues, redness or swelling should be appropriately and promptly treated.
With so many people in the U.S. suffering from diabetes, it is important to take a moment to consider its implications for foot health every day, not just during National Diabetes Awareness Month. If you have any concerns about foot and ankle problems, you can always visit the team at Precision Podiatry for a check-up. In addition to diagnosing and treating your foot complications, we can also help to further educate you about best practices you can implement at home.