It is important that all patients diagnosed with diabetes see a podiatrist. Diabetics are more at risk of foot problems because of the following potential complications with diabetes:
Damage to the nerves in the feet (neuropathy)
Neuropathy can result from poor blood glucose control and damage to the nerves in your feet. This causes a loss of protective sensation meaning your feet may be unable to detect injury. For example you may not be aware of an ulcer on the bottom of your foot as you do not feel any pain. This can then lead to more serious foot complications like infection or even amputation if not treated. Symptoms of neuropathy can include numbness, tingling, pins and needles or a burning sensation in the feet.
Damage to the blood vessels that supply the feet
Poor blood glucose control may cause a reduction in the blood supply to the feet. Poor circulation delays healing and makes people with diabetes more susceptible to infection following any cut or wound to the foot. Symptoms of poor blood supply may include cold feet, cramps and pain.
If you have diabetes it is important to see one of our podiatrists at our Melbourne clinic for preventative foot care. Diabetics who have nerve damage, poor circulation, and neglect their feet are at high risk of developing more serious foot problems like ulcers, infections and even amputation.