Left uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to too much sugar in the blood stream. This makes the blood thicker, more syrupy, which often damages blood vessels and nerves in the foot.
Your circulation system carries blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout your body. When you have poor circulation, your feet often suffer. Wounds and infections are slower to heal, tissue breakdown may form, and the lack of circulation can cause severe and debilitating pain.
With neuropathy, there are different sensations. You may feel pins and needles in your feet, a burning sensation often at night, numbness, or a feeling like ants crawling on your feet. Sensory neuropathy, is the loss a feeling, or any of the above noted abnormal sensations, which can be extremely dangerous because pain is the body‘s way of telling you something is wrong. Motor neuropathy is the loss of movement control, or weakness, which can lead to conditions like hammertoe, or contracted digits. Autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves that help the body regulate itself – this includes things like dry skin or brittle nails. This can lead to cracks in the skin, or fissures, which have the potential to become infected. Some nerve damage is reversible; some is not.
Prevention and early detection are the best treatments for potential foot problems if you are a diabetic. If you are a diabetic, please call one of our Advanced Podiatry offices in Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth and set up an appointment with one of our award-winning expert podiatrists for an evaluation, so that we can develop a comprehensive care plan together.