An important part of managing your diabetes is taking care of your feet. People who have diabetes are more likely to have problems with poor blood circulation (flow) or loss of feeling (sensation) in their feet. Poor circulation to the foot may lead to sores that are slower to heal. Loss of feeling or sensation is caused by damage to the nerves in the lower legs and feet. This nerve damage occurs as a result of blood sugar levels that have been high over a long period of time. As a result of loss of feeling or sensation, a person with diabetes may not be aware of temperature.

For example:

If your feet get too hot, such as with the use of a hot water bottle or stepping into hot water, your feet can suffer a burn and you will not feel it.

You may not feel injuries, such as blisters developing.

Your may not feel anything when you step on a sharp object. You can damage your feet and not even know it.

Foot damage can lead to serious lifelong problems. That is why we need to take care of our feet. Please contact us at the office today to arrange an appointment if you have any questions or concerns about your Diabetes.