Understanding Diabetes and Your Feet in East Windsor and Lawrenceville, NJ

You may have heard that people with diabetes are at a greater risk for foot amputations. But have you ever wondered why that is and what you can do to prevent it? This information about diabetes and your feet can help you protect yourself from a number of common risks.

Diabetes and Your Feet

The reason that so many diabetics suffer problems with their feet is that diabetes often creates additional conditions such as peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage) and circulation problems or peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Nerve damage prevents a person from feeling when they get a foot injury, and circulation problems can cause those injuries to heal more slowly.

Symptoms and Consequences

Unfortunately, if a person is not aware that there is a blister, ingrown toenail, or other injury to his or her foot, then the injury is likely to become infected. If left untreated, an infection can spread to the bone and lead to the loss of a limb. Smoking adds to this risk because it causes the arteries to harden more quickly, which reduces blood flow and slows healing even further.

Treatment and Prevention

People who have diabetes, especially those with nerve damage, should include foot care in their daily routine. Examine feet carefully each day. Bathe in warm (not hot) water, and treat calluses with a pumice stone after bathing. Gently dry the feet, especially between the toes. Moisturize with a small amount of lotion or cream, but try to avoid getting the moisturizer between the toes. Keep toenails trimmed and filed to prevent ingrown nails, and always wear slippers or socks around the house and comfortable, well-fitting shoes outside. Treat corns, bunions, and hammertoe early to avoid worsening problems.

Visit Dr. Donna Barrese

For more information about diabetes and your feet, contact Dr. Donna Barrese, DPM East Windsor Lawrenceville Foot & Ankle for an appointment. She and her team have experience with diabetic foot health as well as a number of other podiatric conditions and will conduct a thorough consultation with you to ensure that you fully understand the connection between your diabetes and your feet. View our list of services or request an appointment today.