Diabetes, especially when it isn’t managed well, can affect the health of your feet in numerous ways. The most important are nerve health and blood flow.
Uncontrolled blog sugar levels are toxic for nerves in the feet, and can slowly take away your ability to sense heat, cold, touch, or pain. Without these sensations, you may not realize it when you stub a toe, suffer a cut or blister, or even break a bone or sustain a serious burn.
Slow blood flow complicates matters. Without a steady stream of nutrients and oxygen, injuries are slower to heal and more likely to get infected, especially if you don’t even realize they’re there for hours or possibly days.
If you have diabetes, it’s important to check your feet regularly for signs of injury. If you do develop a wound that won’t heal, see the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona immediately. Our doctors are wound care experts on staff at the Chandler Wound Healing Center and can provide comprehensive care using state-of-the-art techniques and technology. Set an appointment by calling (480) 963-9000 today.