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How Diabetes Can Affect Your Feet

Common podiatry problems like athlete's foot, ingrown toenails, warts and calluses can be uncomfortable, inconvenient and painful under any circumstances. For people suffering from diabetes, even minor foot injuries or infections can increase the risk of developing into potentially serious complications. People with diabetes are also especially vulnerable to a condition known as peripheral neuropathy, which results in damage to nerves in the feet.

In order to prevent and catch potential foot problems as early as possible, the podiatrists at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center, PLLC in Fairfax, VA advise diabetic patients to make routine foot care and check ups a part of their general yearly healthcare routine.

Diabetic Foot Care in Fairfax, VA

One of the most common foot problems for people with diabetes is nerve damage to the legs and feet (peripheral or diabetic neuropathy). The elevated blood sugar levels characteristic of diabetes also increase the risk of neuropathy, which can technically develop anywhere in the peripheral nervous system, but is most common in the feet. General symptoms of neuropathy include:

  • Numbness, tingling or burning sensation in the feet
  • Pain, cramping or heightened sensitivity to touch and even gentle pressure
  • Muscle fatigue and weakness
  • Sores, ulcers or infections that do not heal on their own within a reasonable amount of time

If you are suffering from diabetes and are experiencing symptoms of neuropathy, seek immediate treatment from a podiatrist with experience in diabetic foot care.

In addition to the potential for developing neuropathy, diabetic patients are also at risk for complications from common problems like a ruptured blister or an infected ingrown toenail. In order to prevent complications, people with diabetes are advised to make regular foot care appointments with a podiatrist for check-ups and regular toenail and foot maintenance.

Find a Podiatrist in Fairfax, VA

For more information on how to prevent peripheral neuropathy and other diabetic foot problems, contact Oakton Foot and Ankle Center, PLLC by calling (703) 352-8888 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.