Diabetic Foot Conditions
Foot Doctors in San Antonio, Boerne, Hondo, Floresville, Kenedy, Uvalde, Live Oak, TX
It’s common knowledge that foot problems are a frequent complication for people with diabetes. But why?
Diabetes occurs when the body becomes unable to produce or use insulin, a hormone that allows your body to process the sugar you consume. If you are unable to turn that sugar into energy your body can use, too much of it will remain in your bloodstream.
Many diabetic foot problems are, in fact, complications associated with diabetic neuropathy and circulation issues.
High blood sugar levels also make it difficult to fight infections, meaning little problems can become big problems quickly for diabetics. For example, a blister can become a serious foot infection within days. Tissue death is one of the worst-case complications for people with diabetes because it may require drastic treatment – such as amputation – to avoid the life-threatening spread of gangrene.
Diabetic foot conditions treated at The Podiatry Group of South Texas include:
When to See a Foot Doctor
Prevention is key. If you are diabetic, proper care of your feet and legs is critical to managing the disease and avoiding serious health complications like nonhealing wounds, infection, and the loss of your toes, feet, and legs. Regular visits to a podiatrist are a must for maintaining your health.
You should also contact your foot doctor if you notice any of the below affecting your feet:
- Skin discoloration
- Warm spots (which may be an early signal of a blister or sore)
- Signs of infection
- Nonhealing sores
- Persistent pins-and-needles sensation
- Dry, cracked skin