Diabetes is a lifelong chronic disease and causes high levels of sugar in the blood. With damage to your nervous system, you may not be able to feel your feet properly which can lead to the breakdown of the skin of your foot that often causes sores to develop.
It can also decrease your body's ability to fight off infections, which is especially harmful in your feet. Normal sweat secretion and oil production that lubricates the skin of the foot is impaired, which can lead to an abnormal pressure on the skin, bones, and joints of the foot during walking and other activities.
When diabetes is not properly controlled, damage can occur to the organs and impairment of the immune system is also likely to occur.
If you have diabetes, it is important to prevent foot problems before they occur, recognize problems early, and seek the right treatment when a problem does happen.
Diabetic Complications and Your Feet
Several risk factors can increase your chances of developing foot problems and diabetic infections in the legs and feet.
First of all, new proper fitted shoes must be obtained immediately if you have red spots, sore spots, blisters, corns, calluses, or consistent pain associated with wearing shoes. Because of poorly fitting shoes, it is one of the biggest culprits of diabetic foot complications.
Having prescription shoes or orthotics from Culver City Podiatrist Dr. Leonard Knudson may be necessary to further protect your feet from other damage such as flat feet, bunions, or hammertoes, or any common foot abnormalities.
Peripheral Neuropathy is known in the medical community for in which the person has long-standing or poorly controlled diabetes is at risk for having damage to the nerves in their feet. When you are unable to sense the position of your feet and toes while walking and balancing indicates that you are having a nerve damage and can cause even more harm to your feet.
Minor injuries such as cuts, scrapes and blisters are all signs of abnormal wear, tear, and foot strain that you may not be able to properly sense due to diabetes because normal nerves allow people to sense if their shoes are too tight or if their shoes are rubbing on the feet too much.
The following can also compromise the health of your feet:
Trauma to the foot
Diabetes can be extremely dangerous to your feet, so take precautions now. You can avoid serious problems such as losing a toe, foot, or leg by following proper prevention techniques offered by our West Los Angeles Podiatrist Dr. Leonard Knudson of Culver City. Remember, prevention is the key to saving your feet and eliminating pain.
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Our Los Angeles Foot Doctor is Certified by the The American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, is a California Licensed Podiatrist and has a Doctorate Degree in Podiatric Medicine.
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Dr. J. Leonard Knudson is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Culver City and near West Los Angeles. We also tend to patients from nearby - UCLA, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and the West Los Angeles area.
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