Can Diabetes Affect My Feet?
Diabetes is a common, systemic disease that affects over 29 million people in the United States. It is also the 7thleading cause of death. Diabetes affects your feet too, which is why diabetic foot care is vital to your continuing health maintenance. Your podiatrist at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates in Bronx, New York needs to be an important part of your healthcare team.
Diabetes affects your immune system, which means if you injure your foot by cutting or scraping it, the injury may not heal and may become infected.
Your circulatory system is also affected, which means your extremities, including your feet, will receive less blood flow. Your tissues can die, resulting in possible loss of your toes and parts of your feet!
A very common condition called diabetic neuropathy occurs in your feet because your nervous system is also impaired. If your nerves aren’t working properly, you won’t feel your feet while you are walking, setting you up for injury, and you also won’t feel hot or cold, leaving you susceptible to burning or cold-related injuries.
Your podiatrist at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates wants you to know how to protect yourself and your feet. You should:
- Check your feet daily for any injuries or problems
- Avoid electric blankets, heating pads and hot water
- Wash and dry your feet thoroughly and apply lotion to your feet
- Keep your toenails trimmed straight across to prevent ingrown toenails
- Always wear supportive, comfortable shoes; don’t ever go barefoot
- Exercise your ankles, feet and toes at least 3 times daily to boost your circulation
Diabetes can affect your life, your body and your feet, so you need to be careful and take care of your feet. You need a partner to help which is why you should set up a diabetic foot care consultation appointment with NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates in Bronx, New York. Diabetic foot care is important to your overall health, so call today and feel better about your feet!