Diabetes is a condition in which the body either produces insufficient insulin, or does not respond appropriately to existing insulin. This results in excessive levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. One of the symptoms of diabetes is neuropathy (damage to the nerves), which can cause a lack of sensation in the extremities, especially the foot. When this happens, foot injuries may go unnoticed, leading to serious, even life-threatening problems such as systemic infection.
As a diabetic, you should inspect your feet regularly for injuries. Even small issues, such as abrasions from poorly fitting shoes, can become serious with neglect. Diabetic foot ulcers (skin wounds that do not heal properly) precede 84 percent of all lower leg amputations.
Most importantly, keep your blood sugars under control and see your regular doctor frequently to monitor your control. Many complications of diabetes can be lessened or completely avoided by keeping your sugars in the normal range. Diabetes can be overwhelming. If you feel you aren’t able to control your blood sugar, we can help arrange diabetic teaching and support.
To learn more about the treatment options available for diabetic foot, please complete the appointment request box or call (319) 338-3606 to schedule a consultation with a Steindler Orthopedic Clinic specialty-trained foot doctor.