Diabetic Foot Problems
Diabetes is a serious condition that may develop from the lack of insulin production in the body, or the inability of the body’s insulin to perform its normal functions. Insulin is a substance in the body that is produced by the pancreas gland that assists the process of converting foot into energy. It is a needed process that the body requires to function healthfully.
Diabetes affects over 16 million Americans and has a wide number of complications associated with it. People with diabetes are especially prone to feet problems due to complications that may arise with nerve damage. This condition is known as neuropathy.
Diabetic Neuropathy and the Feet
With over 16 million people with diabetes, nearly 25 percent of those individuals will develop some sort of foot problems associated with the disease. Diabetic problems may develop from a combination of poor circulation and neuropathy in the foot. Insensitivity or a loss of ability to sense pain, heat or cold in the foot is commonly related to the condition.
Those who suffer from diabetic neuropathy often develop cuts, scrapes, blisters, ulcers or pressure sores due to the insensitivity. If these minor skin irritations and conditions go untreated, complications may arise. In some instances, ulceration and the possibility of amputation may develop.
It is extremely important for individuals who suffer from diabetes to take precautions to prevent all foot related injuries and problems. Daily observation of the feet is crucial, due to the consequences associated with neuropathy. When preventative foot care measures are taken, the individual reduces the risk of serious foot problems.
Poor Circulation and Foot Problems
Diabetes may also lead to problems with a person’s blood circulation. When this occurs, decreased circulation may develop in the lower limbs and feet. Poor circulation in the feet may lead to a reduced amount of oxygen and nutrition supplied to the skin and tissue in the feet. This can lead to excessive dryness and swelling in the feet. When there is excessive dryness, the feet may become more susceptible to infection, cracking, ulcers and other foot problems.
Preventing complications is critical in the health of the feet, especially when there is pre-existing poor circulation due to diabetes. Since poor circulation impairs the healing process, it is important to have a podiatrist who specializes in this field of healthcare to assist with care. Preventative care along with daily assessment of the feet can prevent serious injury and foot problems from arising.
Scottsdale Neuropathy Institute has a world class medical director, Scottsdale podiatrist Dr. Richard Jacoby. Dr. Jacoby has been effectively managing diabetic neuropathy for over 20 years, both conservatively and operatively. Under his care, very few individuals have gone on to need amputations.
Call the office today at 480 994 5977 for first rate treatment with the best podiatrist in Scottsdale and a talented diabetic neuropathy doctor!