Having diabetes is not an easy feat. It requires constantly monitoring your blood sugar levels, dietary restrictions, and possible medication. Being diabetic also means taking care of your feet to prevent any complications that could arise from nerve and vascular damage. At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, we are dedicated to helping our diabetic patients care for their feet to avoid complications. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most common diabetes symptoms you should watch out for and the steps you can take to take care of your feet properly.
Numbness or Tingling in the Feet:
One of the most common diabetes symptoms affecting the feet is neuropathy or nerve damage. This can lead to numbness or tingling in the feet, making it difficult to feel any cuts or blisters. Therefore, it is vital to be aware of any changes in sensation in your feet and report them to your doctor immediately.
Slow Healing of Cuts or Sores:
If you have diabetes, you may experience slow healing of cuts or sores on your feet. This is because diabetes can cause decreased blood flow to the feet, making it harder for your body to heal. Check your feet daily for any signs of cuts or sores, and report them to your doctor if you notice anything unusual.
Dry or Cracked Skin:
Diabetes can also cause dry or cracked skin on your feet, which can be uncomfortable and lead to infections. Make sure to apply moisturizer to your feet daily, but avoid using it between your toes to prevent any moisture buildup, which can lead to fungal infections.
As a person with diabetes, you may also be more prone to ingrown toenails. This is because high blood sugar levels can affect the growth and shape of your toenails. If you notice any signs of an ingrown toenail, such as pain or redness, see your podiatrist as soon as possible to prevent complications.
Proper Foot Care:
To prevent any complications and minimize the risks of diabetes symptoms, it is essential to practice proper foot care. This includes checking your feet daily for any cuts or sores, washing your feet daily with warm water and mild soap, wearing properly-fitting shoes with good arch support, and avoiding walking barefoot.
If you have diabetes, keeping a close eye on your feet and taking the necessary steps to prevent complications is essential. Watch out for diabetes symptoms such as numbness or tingling, slow healing of cuts or sores, dry or cracked skin, and ingrown toenails. Make sure to practice proper foot care and see your podiatrist regularly to keep your feet healthy and prevent any complications from arising. At Vargas Foot & Ankle Specialists, we are dedicated to helping to care for your feet and prevent complications. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns about your diabetic foot care.
To Healthy Feet,
Dr. Marco Vargas DPM, FACFAS