Why do I need diabetic foot care?
Diabetes increases your risk of a host of health issues all over your body. For instance, blood sugar spikes affect blood circulation. Since blood flow all the way to and from your toes is already a problem — your circulatory system has to work against the force of gravity — minor wounds and cuts can’t get the nutrients they need to heal quickly and efficiently.
It isn’t just your circulatory system that takes a toll. Diabetes also leads to nerve damage, especially in your feet and toes. This means that when a wound does occur, unless you see it, you probably won’t even know it’s there, since you can’t feel it.
Having diabetes even means that you’re more likely to have dry skin and nails that crack easily. This can leave you more prone to bacterial, viral, and fungal infections, on top of slow-healing wounds.
Because all these issues can be managed, it’s important to build a relationship with a trusted podiatrist to treat diabetic foot complications. Diabetic foot care addresses preventive care, wound treatment, and proper foot care at home.
It’s important to schedule an evaluation right away if you experience signs and symptoms of a diabetic foot wound, including:
- Pain or redness
- Fever or chills
- Foul-smelling foot odor
- Drainage in your shoes or socks
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