Diabetics lose pain sensation, which is one of the most important alert systems of the body and it happens when nerves get damaged due to diabetes. We know that any type of wound is dangerous for diabetics. Sometimes, when a wound in the foot is left untreated, it may lead to amputation and increased risk of mortality in the near term.
Prevention is always better, and action has to be taken at the correct time. If we can be more conscious about diabetic patients then with a few simple foot examinations we can detect and stop bigger problems in time. Minor injuries, sores, blisters- these are common foot problems and if a routine checkup is scheduled for diabetic patients then these can be contained, else they can lead to amputations.
Seeing a podiatrist is a must for a diabetic, more so if there is a wound on the foot. Only a podiatrist or foot doctor can examine and evaluate the depth, location, and size of the foot wound. Remember, if the foot is not getting enough blood flow then oxygen will not be able to reach cells there and the wound will not heal. To solve this problem the podiatrist relies on technology and conventional therapies.
After confirming adequate blood flow in the foot and control over infection the podiatrist starts healing the wound. To reduce pressure on feet the podiatrist can suggest special orthotics like bracings, custom insoles, diabetic shoes, etc.
Checking the foot daily is the best policy to follow, amputation and even hospitalization can be dramatically decreased only if the podiatrist is able to deliver the treatment timely.
3 Signs it’s Time to See a Podiatrist
- You have started to feel any type of pain in feet, or near your feet. Do not ignore any pain in the foot or pain that is targeting the foot. Small pain can bring big damage later.
- You are going to increase your physical activity and includes increment in walking, running, cycling, skipping, hiking, etc.
- You have exterior skin-related foot problems corns, bunions, spurs, warts, and Athlete’s foot, etc.