Diabetics are at high risk for foot problems, which is why it is essential for regular podiatric visits. Podiatrists can help prevent and treat common foot problems in Diabetics such as, ulcers, infections, and neuropathy. It’s important to understand, diabetics are not able to properly feel their toes and are unaware of stepping on any foreign body or if their skin is cracked. This leads to an open wound allowing bacteria to move in. Since there is no pain, many diabetics ignore this problem when they should not. Once the infection can no longer be treated by antibiotics, the only option left is an amputation of the toe, foot or perhaps even the leg.
Proper foot wear is important for everybody, but it is essential for Diabetics. At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists we have our own certified pedorthist to help ensure you have proper foot wear.