Diabetes can ravage the body in many ways. Two common effects of the disease, peripheral neuropathy, and peripheral artery disease, cause severe foot damage.
Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage in the feet. About 50% of all diabetes sufferers have peripheral neuropathy. Nerve damage can cause serious pain, burning, and tingling.
Another common problem with peripheral neuropathy is poor foot sensation. Numbness can make you unaware of burns, cuts, blisters, and other foot damage.
Pain is a warning that you need treatment. But if your body never sounds that alarm, any type of foot wound can grow severe without your knowledge. Many diabetes sufferers have open wounds on the bottom of their feet and can’t feel them at all.
A big component of diabetic foot care at Abacoa Podiatry and Leg Vein Center is careful foot monitoring, both at home and with Dr. Cedeno. With these regular checks, you can treat wounds before they grow serious.
When you have diabetes, you’re more likely to have peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD means you have poor blood flow to your extremities, which includes both your hands and your feet, due to narrowed arteries. Around 33% of diabetes sufferers over 50 have PAD.
Usually, PAD happens because of atherosclerosis, which means cholesterol and fat buildup inside your arteries. When you have PAD, your legs and feet can heal very slowly, or not at all, because there’s no blood supply to nourish wounds.
Peripheral neuropathy makes you more likely to get wounds you don’t know about, and PAD makes it very hard to heal those wounds. Unfortunately, this often leads to very serious foot damage.
Healthy patients with no foot problems should see Dr. Cedeno at least twice a year for checkups.
If you have peripheral neuropathy, PAD, or a history of diabetic foot problems, you may need to visit Abacoa Podiatry and Leg Vein Center more often.
Dr. Cedeno is extremely experienced with every type of diabetic foot care, from preventive care to wound care and diabetic limb salvage. He can treat wounds, trim nails, remove calluses and corns, debride dead skin, relieve pain, and more.
At Abacoa Podiatry and Leg Vein Center, Dr. Cedeno works with you and your other medical providers according to your particular needs.
Schedule your diabetic foot care appointment by calling Abacoa Podiatry and Leg Vein Center or booking online now.
Diabetes experts around the world unanimously say that diabetic foot care from a medical professional is an integral part of disease management. Up to 85% of lower extremity amputations could be avoided with diabetic foot care from an experienced podiatrist. At Abacoa Podiatry and Leg Vein Center, top-rated podiatrist Orlando Cedeno, DPM, uses his years of diabetic foot care and wound care expertise to diagnose and treat issues as soon as they occur. With Dr. Cedeno’s caring support, you’ll never need to fear amputation or loss of mobility. Call the Jupiter, Florida, office or book an appointment online today.