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Causes of Diabetic Foot Pain

One of the chief symptoms of diabetes is chronic foot pain, which is common to most people with this disease. Three major causes of diabetic foot pain are nerve problems, circulatory problems, and infections. A condition known as peripheral neuropathy is the result of damage to the nerves that supply blood to the lower legs, feet, and toes. Specific to diabetics is sensory neuropathy, which results in extra sensitivity to pain in these areas. The diabetic may also experience a loss of sensation in this part of the body that contributes to the cracking and drying of the skin. Another cause of chronic foot pain is peripheral artery disease (PAD). This is the result of sustaining high levels of blood sugar that can clog the arteries and capillaries and slow the flow of blood to the feet and toes. The third most common cause of diabetic foot pain is infections. The diabetic is highly susceptible to infection from sores, cracks, and cuts. Because it is difficult to feel them when they occur, they often go unnoticed. Further, PAD makes it more difficult for these injuries to heal, causing ulcers and other more serious problems. If you are a diabetic and have chronic foot pain, please make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and diagnosis.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Fair Lawn, Riverdale, and Englewood, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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