How Does Diabetes Affect Your Feet?

Consider this: Almost 10% of the U.S. population suffers from diabetes, and this number is increasing each year. No wonder the medical world calls diabetes a national — and global — crisis. 

One of the worst side effects of this disease is the impact it can have on your feet. The professionals at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville possess the experience and knowledge needed to treat the serious foot-health problems that diabetes can cause.

Diabetes risks

Diabetes is a systemic problem that impacts your blood and the way it nourishes the organs and cells in your body. With diabetes, your body either doesn’t produce enough — or any — insulin to regulate the levels of glucose in your bloodstream, or your body becomes resistant to the insulin it does produce.

Insulin problems can cause a sugar buildup in your blood, which can cause circulatory problems, especially in places where your blood has to fight both gravity and distance, such as your feet.

Poor blood flow to your feet can damage nerves, leading to a condition known as peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy occurs in about 50% of people with diabetes.

Signs of diabetic neuropathy

If you suffer from diabetes, you should familiarize yourself with the early symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. The earlier we identify the problem, the more easily and quickly we can slow or reverse the nerve damage.

Common symptoms of diabetic neuropathy include:

At the first sign of any of these symptoms, seek our help immediately. Diabetic neuropathy has very serious consequences that can lead to amputation if left unchecked.

How to prevent diabetic neuropathy

Taking proactive steps is one of the best ways for you to safeguard your foot health if you have diabetes. 

Most importantly, you must manage your diabetes properly by regulating your blood sugar levels with diet, exercise, and perhaps medication. You can accomplish this with the help of your primary health care team.

When it comes to protecting your foot health:

While you can take these steps to prevent diabetic foot problems, it’s also important to enlist the help of neuropathy experts. At Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville, we provide comprehensive diabetic foot care and the expert oversight your feet need to stay ahead of diabetic foot problems. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

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