Diabetic Foot Care Specialist

Diabetes causes changes in the skin, circulation and nerves of the feet, increasing the risk of dangerous infections that can result in amputations. At Progressive Podiatry in Ijamsville and Mt. Airy, MD, Dr. Jurd-Sadler offers comprehensive diabetic foot care to help patients enjoy healthier feet and avoid serious complications.

Diabetic Foot Care Q & A

How does diabetes affect the feet?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes blood sugar (or glucose) to rise to unhealthy levels. Without proper management and control, elevated glucose levels can cause problems with circulation as well as nerve damage in the feet and ankles, resulting in diminished sensations, numbness and sharp pains. Decreased sensations make it more difficult to tell when an injury like a cut or ingrown toenail has occurred, enabling these conditions to progress and cause serious infections, and it can also increase the risk of falling. Circulatory problems result in poor healing responses, which increases the risk of infection as well as the risk of amputation of a toe or the entire foot.

What are the symptoms of diabetes-related foot problems?

People with diabetes often experience symptoms like:

  • numbness, tingling, stinging, pain or burning sensations in the feet
  • skin changes, including changes in the texture and color of skin
  • feet that feel cold and are difficult to keep warm
  • fungal toenails
  • sores that are slow to heal
  • swelling in the feet as well as the ankles
  • cracked skin, especially around the heels
  • corns and calluses which may bleed or crack

These symptoms are usually more pronounced in people who have had the disease for a long period of time, as well as those whose blood sugar levels are poorly controlled.

What is diabetic foot care?

Diabetic foot care involves an ongoing evaluation of the feet and ankles to look for signs of developing problems, as well as treatments aimed at preventing diabetes-related problems from occurring. Proper nail trimming, care for corns and calluses, and guidance for at-home strategies of care are all part of a diabetic foot care treatment program. To avoid serious foot and ankle issues and to decrease the risk of infection and amputation, people with diabetes should have a foot examination at least once each year, and call the office right away if any symptoms of foot problems develop.

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