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Lack of Sensation in Diabetic Feet

It is important for diabetic patients to check their feet daily for existing cuts, bruises, or scrapes, even if their feet feel normal. Neuropathy is a common condition to accompany diabetes, causing the inability to feel sensations on the feet. This can lead to a cut that gets infected and possibly develop into a diabetic foot ulcer. Many diabetic patients do not feel pain related to their feet, and this can be harmful in managing diabetes. People who have this condition may need to use a mirror to check the bottom of their feet, or possibly have a friend or family member help them. It is suggested that diabetic patients refrain from walking barefoot, in addition to having a chiropodist properly trim the toenails. If you have diabetes, it is urgent that you consult with a chiropodist who can help to manage your condition.

Diabetes can cause serious problems in the lower limbs if proper preventive measures are not taken and diabetic wound care is not performed. If you would like to learn more about caring for diabetic feet, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Diabetes can lead to a host of foot and ankle complications, including: 

  • Poor circulation

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Diabetic foot wounds and ulcers

  • Infection 

  • Corns and calluses

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Nail disorders 

  • Hammertoes 

  • Bunions

  • Charcot foot

If you have diabetes, you must be vigilant of any changes in your foot health. This is best done through daily foot inspections. Using a mirror to help you if necessary, look for any: 

  • Cuts, scrapes, sores, or wounds

  • Bruising or discoloration 

  • Swelling

  • Rash

  • Foul odor

  • Nail changes 

  • Hair loss 

  • Warmth and inflammation

  • Deformities 

  • Lower limb pain

  • Strange sensations (numbness, tingling, burning, pins, and needles)

If you detect anything unusual, seek the care of a chiropodist as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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