When you have diabetes, pain is not always a reliable indicator of a serious foot problem. Since diabetes often causes nerve damage and a loss of sensation in the feet, you don’t always feel pain, making it sometimes difficult to detect injuries. Diabetes also affects the ability for foot wounds to heal, and this can cause complications such as infection or even amputation if a wound on the foot goes untreated.
Not Feeling Pain in Your Feet
When diabetes causes nerve damage to the feet, people who suffer a foot injury may experience pain, numbness, or tingling while others have no symptoms. Often, nerve damage allows a cut, blister, or sore to go undetected until it becomes a foot ulcer. If a foot ulcer isn’t treated properly, it can become infected, and the infection can spread to surrounding tissue or bone. If the infection cannot be stopped, amputation may be needed to save your life.
Signs of a Foot Problem
Because a diabetic patient may not sense a serious foot problem, there are other signs to be aware of that can indicate a problem, including:
Ways to Prevent Diabetic Foot Problems
When you have diabetes, it is important to take proper care of your feet. Keeping your blood sugar managed and taking medications as prescribed by your doctor can help prevent diabetic nerve damage or stop it from progressing. In addition, you can do the following to keep your feet healthy:
If you have concerns about diabetic foot care or are experiencing pain in your feet, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation. To request an appointment at our Grapevine or Keller office, fill out our online contact form, or call our office at 817- 481-4000.