Diabetic Foot Care

As podiatrists we see diabetic patients on a daily basis. Diabetes is primarily a vascular disease, which is to say that it affects the blood vessels in the body, especially those in the extremities, like the feet and ankles. If you were to stretch out your bodies vessels and capillaries end to end they would measure about 60,000 miles, which is long enough circle the globe more than twice! When the heart pumps blood through the body the longest trip that blood will have to make is all the way to the feet and back.

 

The high glucose levels seen in diabetics cause damage to these vessels, decreasing their ability to deliver blood to the extremities. As a result, we see that diabetic wounds heal very slowly. Diabetics may not notice small cuts and scrapes on their feet and ankles because diabetes can also cause a loss of sensation in these areas. This is where a podiatrist is a needed part of the diabetic's health care team. Regularly scheduled visits to a podiatrist can prevent any injury to the foot or ankle going unnoticed and untreated.

 

If you or a loved one is in need of diabetic foot care please contact us at Ankle & Foot Associates. With 18 locations in southeastern Georgia and coastal South Carolina there is an office near you with kind doctors and staff who are ready to help.

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