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How Foot Problems Can Become Serious if You Have Diabetes
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
October 25, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Even the smallest of symptoms can turn severe if you don’t get the right diabetic foot treatment.

Did you know that approximately 30 percent of American children and adults have diabetes? This is a serious and potentially life-diabetic foot carethreatening chronic health problem if it isn’t properly treated. Of course, this condition doesn’t just affect your blood sugar levels, but it also affects all the organs and systems in your body. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes our Silver Spring, Clinton, Kensington and Olney, MD podiatrists explain why it’s important to give your feet the proper care.

If you have too much glucose (also known as sugar) in your blood this problem alone can reduce blood flow and also cause nerve damage, which can spell disaster for your feet. If you have nerve damage you will notice a loss of feeling or sensation in your feet. You may not be able to feel the hot water when running your bath or you may not even notice that there is a painful pebble in your shoe. Over time, nerve damage can change the overall structure and shape of your feet.

If you aren’t getting enough blood flow to your feet this makes it very challenging for foot issues to heal. If this happens, our Silver Spring, Clinton, Kensington and Olney foot doctors have probably also told you that you have peripheral artery disease (PAD). If you do notice any sores or signs of a foot infection it’s important that you seek treatment right away.

Many regular foot problems can quickly turn into a serious complication if not cared for properly. If you are dealing with any of these issues it is important that you visit us right away for care:

  • Blisters
  • Sores
  • Corns or calluses
  • Bunion
  • Warts
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Cracked skin
  • Fungal nail infection

If you notice redness, pain, skin that is warm to the touch or pus, these are all signs of infection that require immediate attention.

Protect your feet from serious complications by turning to the Silver Spring, Clinton, Kensington and Olney, MD diabetic foot specialists in Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland.