In 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that
almost 22 million adults have been diagnosed with
diabetes. There are several reasons this staggering number is so concerning, but
one which should not be ignored is the effect the disease can have on
the health of your feet. Diabetes can heighten the risk of several serious
medical issues, including the possible onset of gangrene caused by diabetic ulcers.
ulcers are open wounds or sores. They are more likely to be sustained by patients
who have diabetes, because the disease impairs the body’s ability
to heal itself. More than that, though, the disease also often results
in nerve damage (neuropathy).
Diabetes compromises the immune system, which means it cannot effectively
fight off infection. Combined with open sores that do not heal, this creates
a situation in which gangrene (irreversible tissue death) becomes a distinct
When you have diabetes, it is essential you understand how important it
is to practice proper foot care on a regular basis. Foot care is important
everyone, but this particular disease places your lower limbs at heightened
risk for serious medical emergencies. (Diabetic foot ulcers are a leading
cause of lower limb amputations.) This means you should take measures
like daily foot inspections and seeking early treatment for anything out
of the ordinary in your feet if you have diabetes.
Diabetic foot ulcers are serious medical issues, but you can take steps
to prevent them from developing in the first place. Some of the best prevention
methods when you already have a high risk factor include quitting smoking
and alcohol use, lowering your cholesterol levels (adhering to a healthy
diet will help), and managing glucose levels if you are diabetic.
Of course, another smart way to prevent dangerous foot problems like a
diabetic ulcer is to connect with our medical staff here at Houston Foot
Specialists. We have the experience, skill, and knowledge you should expect
from a foot doctor office here in Houston, TX. Contact us for more information
about diabetic foot care—or any lower limb issues you might have
questions about—by calling (713) 467-8886, and we will be glad to
help. You can also
request an appointment with us online today, right here on our website.