For most people, common foot problems like a cut or an ingrown toenail are temporary annoyances that will most likely heal on their own, or with a quick trip to the podiatrist. For diabetic patients, even minor wounds can lead to potentially serious health complications. If you are suffering from diabetes, the foot and ankle specialists at Diamond Podiatry, which has offices in Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, recommend scheduling regular podiatry appointments as part of your healthcare plan in order to keep your feet healthy and reduce the risk of complications.
Diabetic Wound Care in Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA
Diabetics are at higher risk for a condition known as peripheral neuropathy, which results in nerve damage in the legs and feet. The most common symptoms of neuropathy include:
- Tingling sensation, such as pins and needles, in the feet
- Pain or extreme sensitivity, which can make it difficult to wear socks and shoes, or even at the touch of a bed sheet on the feet
- Extreme heat or cold sensation in the feet
- Difficulty walking
- Poor circulation
When the nerves in the feet are healthy, they send signals to the brain that make us aware of pain from a wound. Neuropathy makes it difficult for people with diabetes to sense pain and irritation from an injury or trauma, and from otherwise minor irritations like corns and blisters. The American Diabetes Association recommends having a thorough foot examination at least once a year, and to seek immediate medical attention for any cuts, blisters, sores, or sign of infection on the feet. Diabetics are also urged not to smoke, which can further interfere with circulation and adequate blood flow to the feet.
Find a Podiatrist in Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA
For more information on diabetic wound care, contact Diamond Podiatry to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at one of our three convenient locations: Bethlehem and Macungie (610) 865-0311 or Quakertown (215) 529-5222.