Diabetic Foot Care
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), more than half of nontraumatic lower-limb amputations in the United States occur among people with diabetes.
What causes diabetic foot issues?
Neuropathy and blood vessel disease both increase the risk of foot ulcers. The nerves of the feet are the longest in the body and often are affected by nerve injury or neuropathy. When a patient with diabetes loses sensation in the feet, sores or injuries may go unnoticed until serious ulcers develop.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that if you have a cut or break in your skin, or develop an ingrown toenail, call or see your health care provider. In addition, the ADA states that if your foot (or feet) change color, shape, or just “feel funny” (for example pain or loss of sensation), you should contact your health care provider.
Diabetes foot issues could also lead to need for Wound Care Services. To learn more about our Wound Care services, please click here.