People with diabetes are all susceptible to a nervous system impairment called Nueropathy. This condition is a major complication that may cause an individual to lose feeling in the hands or feet. Essentially, this means that a patient will be almost entirely unaware if injured. This specific issue affects a large majority of diebetic patients and foot problems are a big risk. Without natural pain receptors, the conditions acquired during day to day life could increase in severity if unaware or left untreated. Diabetics and non-diabetics alike should all monitor the feet. If ignored, the consequences can be severe, including amputation or more painful orthopedic problems down the line.
Diabetic foot care is extremely important. This means that diabetics should look at their feet every day, not only at the top but also from the bottom. It’s crucial that skin is taken good care of and that ulcers or any problems are identified. The reason is that there is a loss of some sensation. If present, a normal injury in the foot or ankle may go unrecognized and problematic infections may set in. Teaching patients that being rigorously cognizant about foot care is the first step in the process. If any foot or ankle injury occurs, we also advise patients to seek treatment early so that they don’t develop any major complications. By approaching the issues proactively, the patient will eliminate the onset of added infections, ulcers, and wound problems that can occur.
Patients with diabetes can receive the very same orthopedic issues as any other patient, however, we clinicians must be much more cautious in treating foot and ankle complications. Unfortunately, diabetes can impair or decrease the normal blood flow to the lower extremities and remove sensation in a condition called Neuropathy. In these patients, these issues can be present in isolation causing numbness, tingling, and burning types of pain. Orthopedists and podiatrists alike need a heightened awareness to treat these patients with extra particular attention when performing all surgical or conservative procedures. This is to ensure we allow for extra care to let the tendon, soft tissues, and bones to heal properly.
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