An estimated seven in ten diabetics have nerve damage that impairs feeling in their feet.
Loss of sensation inhibits the body’s normal pain response and as a result, walking can apply repetitive pressure to a wound, making it larger and deeper. This may lead to foot ulcers that won’t heal, serious infection or in the most extreme cases, amputation.
Fortunately, of all diabetes related complications, a foot ulcer may be the most preventable. Simply visit your podiatrist at least once a year to check for symptoms of ulcers on your feet.
The Diabetic Foot And Ankle Center at East Penn Foot And Ankle Associates offers state of the art treatment for all diabetes-related complications of the feet. On your first visit your podiatrist will create a diabetic preventative foot care plan for you and advise you as to your best course of treatment.