Diabetes Poses a Risk for Your Feet


Diabetes affects more than 30 million Americans and it is the 7th leading cause of death. November is American Diabetes Month and at Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle we want our patients to be aware of the medical complications diabetes can cause for your feet and also how to lower your risk of ulcers. There are several ways that diabetes can compromise foot health:

Limited Blood Flow—decreased circulation lowers the number of nutrients that are brought to the feet. This can bring on other problems such as:

Neuropathynerve damage can result in a loss of feeling and a decreased ability to feel pain, heat or cold. This damage can result in an injury to your foot that goes undetected and increases your chance of developing an infection or ulcer. For this reason, you should avoid going barefoot and inspect your feet regularly for signs of injury or rashes.

Dry Skin—nerves in your feet that control oil and moisture may also be damaged. Skin can become dry and then begin to peel and crack. Extra moisturizing may be needed to prevent this.

Foot Ulcers—corns, calluses, blisters, ingrown toenails or fungal infections can all cause openings in the skin which will open the way for an ulcer to develop.

Wound Infection—without proper circulation, the body is unable to supply sufficient amounts of blood and nutrients for healthy healing.

Once a wound or ulcer forms, it can be very difficult to heal. The more time passes, the greater the risk of infection and even amputation. For this reason, it’s essential that you contact our Spring Hill (352 683-5799) or Hudson (727-868-2128) office in the nature coast area today. Our podiatrists, Dr. Lawrence J. Kales and Dr. Alexis Kreplick, can examine your feet promptly and treat any emerging conditions or injuries before they become a major health threat to your feet. For more information on taking care of your diabetic feet, contact us today.