Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body processes glucose (sugar) in your blood. Over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes. Most of these people suffer from Type 2 diabetes.
What are the problems associated with diabetes?
We all know that high blood sugar can damage your heart and blood vessels, your kidneys, and your eyes. But did you knoq diabetes can also damages your nerves, especially the nerves in your feet? Peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage, can be especially serious in your feet. Your feet might feel numb, or they might feel like they're burning or tingling. For more information, check out our neuropathy page.
Diabetes also makes any wounds on your body heal slower. A cut on your foot might take a very long time to scab over and heal. Sometimes this leads to infected wounds which you might not even feel. If left untreated these wounds can become serious and infected and may require hospitalization. In extreme cases amputation may be necessary.
What can I do once I know I have diabetes?
If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, inspect your feet regularly. After you bathe, check your feet for any scratches, cuts, or bruises. Pay special attention to any areas that are red and swelling, or if there is an odor. You should also look out for drainage in your socks. These are all signs that you may have a diabetic ulcer that needs to be examined by a foot doctor immediately.
How can I prevent foot ulcers?
Wearing shoes and socks that fit comfortably is the first step. You can also avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and take steps to reduce your cholesterol levels as these things also contribute to a higher risk of developing a foot ulcer. You're at a higher risk to develop an ulcer if you have neuropathy (nerve damage) or ischemia (poor circulation in your feet).
What can the doctors at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center do for me?
Our board-certified podiatrists will examine your feet and determine the best plan for your footcare. Foot pain isn't normal, so if you ever experience any pain in your feet, toes, or ankles, give the doctors at Raleigh Foot & Ankle Center a call at (919) 850-9111. We'll work with you to get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
I don't have diabetes but I'm worried. How can I avoid it?
Exercise on a regular basis and eat a healthy diet. Being overweight or obese not only increases the risk for heart disease and high blood pressure, but also increases the risk of diabetes. Even a 30 minute walk 3 or 4 times a week can help. And of course you want to avoid eating sugary snacks and sodas. Instead try healthy snacks like fruit and vegetables.
To schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists, please call our office at (919) 850-9111 or use our online Request an Appointment form. We serve patients from Raleigh, Wake Forest and Cary in Wake County, NC and surrounding communities in and around the Raleigh-Durham area and the rest of North Carolina. Hablamos Español.