Diabetic Foot Care:
If uncontrolled diabetes can damage your nerves. If you have damaged nerves in your legs and feet, you might not feel heat, cold, or pain. This lack of feeling is called "sensory diabetic neuropathy." If you do not feel a cut or sore on your foot because of neuropathy, the cut could get worse and become infected. The muscles of the foot may not function properly because the nerves that make the muscles work are damaged. This could cause the foot to not align properly and create too much pressure in one area of the foot. It is estimated that up to 10% of people will develop foot ulcers. Foot ulcers occur because of nerve damage and peripheral vascular disease.
Symptoms: Contact Dr. Chris Moore, if you experience any of the following problems: Changes in skin color, Changes in skin temperature, Swelling in the foot or ankle, Pain in the legs. Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal or are draining. Ingrown toenails or toenails infected with fungus. Corns or calluses, Dry cracks in the skin especially around the heel, Unusual and/or persistent foot odor.
Treatment: Routine Check ups. Make sure your doctor examines your feet during each check-up. An annual foot exam should be performed that includes an inspection of the skin, a check of the temperature of your feet, and an assessment of the sensation to the foot. See your podiatrist (foot doctor) every two to three months for check-ups, even if you don't have any foot problems.