Patients with diabetes should have regular visits with one of our board-certified physicians at American Foot & Leg Specialists to avoid diabetic foot problems. These problems without attention can lead to open wounds or amputation. The two most common problems that lead to foot infections are Diabetic Neuropathy and Peripheral Artery Disease.
Diabetic Neuropathy: this occurs as a result of uncontrolled diabetes, and results in the loss of feeling in the feet. The loss of feeling becomes particularly problematic when a blister, cut, ulcer or similar complication develops on the foot, and a patient cannot detect the complication. The blister, cut, ulcer or other complication can then go undetected for some time and become infected before it is properly addressed.
Peripheral Artery Disease: This leads to reduced blood flow to the feet. Peripheral refers to the extremities away from the heart. Poor blood circulation to an injury or irritation of the foot can make it difficult for even the smallest cut or sore to heal, leading to infection or other serious complications.
American Foot and Leg Specialists are here to help with both of these common problems. We recommend getting exercise to help improve circulation. We also recommend wearing properly fitted shoes, walking/running barefoot, and making sure to examine your feet.