One of the major complications of diabetes that is seen in the lower extremity is diabetic foot ulceration/ wounds. There are many risk factors for ulceration in diabetics—the biggest risk being a lack of sensation in the bottom of the feet that can be experienced by diabetic patients (Neuropathy). Peripheral vascular disease is another major risk factor for the development of ulcerations.
Unfortunately, diabetic foot ulceration are one of the leading causes of non-traumatic amputations in the U.S. Early recognition is key in preventing this dreaded complication. Diabetic patients should check their feet daily and use a mirror to inspect the bottom of their feet. If areas with increased redness or areas of high pressure are seen, it should be evaluated immediately by a podiatrist. Another thing to keep an eye out for is cuts/scrapes that are not healing. Many times what appears to be a simple cut on the foot, can turn into a major problem without appropriate treatment. Diabetic patients should never walk barefoot, as they may not be able to feel it if they step on something that cuts the bottom of their foot.
Call Quality Foot Care today at 215-230-9707 to visit with Doylestown’s community podiatrists. We will be happy to discuss the above in detail and help you stay on your feet.
Stay tuned for more blogs on this topic including treatment options for diabetic foot ulceration that we are using in the office today!