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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, it's important to highlight a significant aspect of diabetes management — foot care. Diabetes can lead to a range of foot conditions, often stemming from two major complications: neuropathy (nerve damage) and poor circulation. At The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center, we emphasize the importance of podiatry in preventing and managing these diabetes-related foot issues.
How Diabetes Affects the Feet
1. Diabetic Neuropathy:
Over time, high blood sugar levels can cause nerve damage, leading to a loss of sensation in the feet. This numbness means cuts, sores, or blisters might go unnoticed and untreated, risking severe infections or ulcers.
2. Poor Blood Circulation:
Diabetes often leads to poor blood flow, particularly in the extremities like feet. Reduced circulation can slow down the healing process of any cuts or sores, again increasing the risk of infections or ulcers.
Common Diabetic Foot Conditions
The Role of Podiatry in Diabetes Care
At The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center, our podiatry services play a vital role in diabetes management:
Tips for Diabetic Foot Care
On National Diabetes Awareness Month, let’s remind ourselves of the critical role podiatric care plays in diabetes management. At The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center, we're dedicated to providing comprehensive care to help our diabetic patients maintain healthy feet. Remember, your feet are foundational to your overall health, especially in diabetes. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our podiatrists, Dr. Black or Dr. Kim, call us or book online!