Regular exams by a podiatrist can help prevent foot complications caused by diabetes or at least help manage existing complications so they don’t progress into more serious issues.
Neuropathy, Poor Circulation, and Diabetes-Related Foot Conditions
Neuropathy is a peripheral nerve disorder that causes the loss of feeling in your feet. Without the ability to feel foot pain or discomfort, diabetics are at high risk of developing infections and injuries. Poor blood circulation reduces the ability to heal, making it difficult for a diabetic to heal a tiny cut or infection. Diabetes can cause foot complications that lead to infections and ulcers; hammertoes and bunions; and Charcot foot. It’s important for diabetics to visit a foot and ankle surgeon regularly in order to prevent foot conditions from progressing into the need for amputation.