If you have diabetes, you must make certain you take extra care with your legs and feet. Diabetes can damage your nerves, and can result in conditions like foot ulcers developing. Because diabetes impacts blood flow, you could also experience a host of other issues including changes in the shape of your feet that result in problems. Diabetic patients need a good foot doctor to help them care for their feet properly, and Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM is here to help.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that impacts the body’s ability to produce insulin. Glucose levels can become elevated as a result of insulin issues, and abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates can also occur. Diabetes can be managed, but typically not cured, and the condition can affect many different body systems. It can also make it harder to take care of your feet.
Symptoms of Diabetes Foot Problems
Neuropathy (nerve damage) due to diabetes is the reason for many diabetes-related foot problems. Neuropathy can be extremely dangerous because it can stop you from feeling heat, cold, or pain in the feet. Many diabetic patients do not feel blisters or other foot injuries and infection can develop before a patient is aware there is a problem.
Diabetic patients also experience skin changes, changes to the shape of feet and toes, calluses, foot ulcers, and poor circulation in the feet. There are different causes for these problems. For example, nerves control moisture in the foot and when the nerves do not work right, the skin can become dry and start to peel and crack. Because diabetic patients do not feel pain, they may not be aware if the skin splits until an infection starts.
How Does Dr. Auger Treat Diabetic Patients?
Regular visits with a foot doctor can make diabetes foot care easier and can help you reduce the chances of serious problems that could necessitate drastic treatments, such as amputation.
Dr. Auger can assist you in selecting the right footwear, keeping your nails cut, developing exercises for the feet, and taking other preventative measures to avoid diabetes-related complications.
People who have diabetes should not trim their corns or calluses on their own, nor should they use over-the-counter products such as corn remover pads. Any of these home-care efforts could result in a large open wound-forming, putting you at significant risk. Dr. Auger can take care of trimming corns and calluses so feet can stay healthy and can advise you on ways to keep your feet healthy that you can do with your diabetes.
If a problem does develop, Dr. Auger can also help you to treat wounds and infections that result.
Contact Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM Today
Dr. Auger works with patients in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, and Sandy, Utah to manage their diabetes foot care so they can keep their feet strong and healthy. Your diabetes does not have to result in limited mobility if you get help from a caring podiatrist in keeping your feet in great shape!