Millions of Americans are diagnosed with diabetes, and each year many of them are at risk of having major podiatric complications as a side effect of their diabetes. If you have diabetes, it is imperative that you care for your feet and manage your diabetes with a trusted and experienced. In the context of a diabetic condition, the word "wound" can actually refer to any of cuts, blisters, bruises, bumps, burns, and calluses. Essentially, anything out of the ordinary; including injuries, conditions, and other abnormalities could potentially lead to serious medical complication and should be investigated.
There are two general categories in which we can place diabetic wounds - those of internal and external origin. Internally originating wounds include blisters, calluses, corns, and anything else produced by the body. External wounds, conversely, are those which happen outside the body and include cuts, scrapes, and things of that nature. Both internal and external wounds can potentially result in tissue breakdown (ulceration), which puts you at risk for serious infections.
Calluses may not seem like a major concern, but certain forces can cause the layers of callused skin to separate and fill with fluid. When the fluid becomes contaminated and infected, the result is a foot ulcer.
Foot Care for Diabetic Patients
As someone who has been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be well aware of the signs of complications and always be on top of monitoring your sugar levels; however, it is also important that you are aware of the complications and risks that your feet and hands may encounter. Without proper care, your feet could be at risk for low blood flow, blisters, and infections. Wounds, ulcers, and Charcot can all lead to severe podiatric issues including infections, and in extreme cases, amputation.
Diligent foot care is essential in those who have diabetes. Blood flow and nerves can be affected, making injuries more difficult to notice and slower to heal. Infection is a real possibility, even with mild injuries.
Any of these symptoms may be a sign of trouble, and should be checked with a visit to our office:
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