If a doctor has ever said you had an elevated blood sugar level — even just once when you were pregnant — you are at risk for diabetes. About 25 million people have the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association. Nervous system impairment (neuropathy) is a major complication that may cause you to lose feeling in your feet or hands. This means you won’t know right away if you hurt yourself. The problem affects about 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes.
Foot problems are a big risk. All people with diabetes should monitor their feet. If you don’t, the consequences can be severe, including amputation.
Advanced treatment options are available in the office setting to improve wound healing and prevent amputations.
Hygiene and Nail Care
Proper hygiene and nail care are important for people with diabetes to eliminate any chance of infection. Examples of proper hygiene and nail care include thoroughly washing and drying feet on a daily basis, examining the tops and bottoms of feet for any cuts, cracks, or blisters, checking for ingrown toenails, and wearing proper footwear.
Diabetes and wounds can be a frightening combination. Some patients with diabetes develop foot ulcers. A foot ulcer is prone to infection, which may become severe. Having your feet regularly examined and treated is very important to prevent infection and possible gangrene.