Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes is a chronic disease that results in high levels of sugar in your blood. It affects many part of the body including your feet. Because diabetes tend to reduce the body’s ability to fight off infection it can make it much more difficult to heal even minor cut and scrapes. Diabetes can also affect the nervous system lead to numbness in the feet (known as neuropathy). These changes can be extremely dangerous. Diabetics with these problems are at risk for skin breakdown, bone infection, ulcers, gangrene and amputations. Every diabetic should be evaluated regularly by a podiatrist to check for signs of these changes. Your podiatrist can also teach you many simple but very important preventative steps to help avoid and recognize these changes in your feet