Those with diabetes are at a higher risk for foot complications, which makes proper foot care extremely important. Due to lack of sensation in the feet from nerve damage and poor circulation, a small injury (like a scratch or blister) can go unnoticed and quickly worsen. Poor blood flow in this area also makes healing more difficult, which can cause the wound to become infected before you even realize it is there. Untreated infections can even lead to major complications, for which amputation may be necessary.
Daily checks of the feet are crucial for those with diabetes. You should be looking for any signs of injury or other issues, such as red or dry patches, cuts or scrapes, temperature changes, corns, or calluses. Anything unusual should be reported to your doctor at Comprehensive Foot Specialists right away. You should also prioritize scheduling regular visits with your doctor to ensure the long term health of your feet.