Transcription of Diabetes Video
Diabetes can affect many parts of the body, especially the feet. According to the American Diabetes Association, over 15 million Americans have diabetes. It is very important that people with diabetes give their feet very special care. A small problem in a healthy person could become a severe one to a person with diabetes. Diabetes can affect the feet in a number of different ways:
A common complication of diabetes is numbness in the feet, called neuropathy. Elevated blood sugar levels can reduce the nerve’s ability to readily send pain signals that would normally let you know when there’s a problem, such as an area of irritation or a wound. This may cause a patient to underestimate, or worse, not identify a foot problem. When you lose the feeling in your feet, they are more prone to developing wounds or ulcers from areas of irritation that go unchecked. Open sores may easily become infected, as higher sugar levels reduce your body’s ability to fight infection.
Because diabetes can reduce the immune response, a diabetic patient’s ability to fight infection is decreased. Early treatment of infection is a critical component to success. If left unchecked, these minor wounds can lead to ulceration, bone infection, and ultimately amputation. There are new and exciting treatments for Diabetic Neuropathy that we can explore together.
If you have diabetes, please come in for a comprehensive diabetic foot evaluation, and together we’ll help you keep your feet healthy and comfortable. Take that first step, by calling Kansas City Foot and Ankle today.