There's no such thing as a minor foot infection when you have diabetes. The hard-to-treat infections can threaten your foot, your, leg or even your life if they aren't treated promptly. Luckily, visits to your Jackson and Cleveland, MS, podiatrists, Drs. Stefanie Thomas, Ashley Blackwell, and Timothy Adams can help you protect your feet and health.
What are my chances of developing a foot ulcer?
Your lifetime risk of a foot ulcer may range from 15 percent to as high as 34 percent, according to a recent report published by the American Diabetes Association. You may be more likely to develop one of these open sores if your diabetes is poorly controlled, you're overweight, you regularly drink alcohol, or you consume tobacco products. Nerve damage caused by peripheral neuropathy may also increase your risk. If you can't feel your feet, you won't be able to tell if you have a cut or blister.
Why is foot care so important if I have diabetes?
Before you had diabetes, you probably didn't pay much attention to your feet. A burst blister or a cut on your foot may have been minor, slightly painful, inconveniences. Unfortunately, everything changes when you have diabetes. In addition to nerve problems, you may also experience blood circulation issues that can cause slow healing. Even tiny cuts can turn into infected ulcers that are very difficult to treat!
How can I avoid ulcers?
Conducting a brief daily foot exam is the easiest way to prevent ulcers. After you wash your feet, look for cuts, cracks in your skin, blisters, and sores. Even red marks deserve a little attention, as they may be a sign that your shoe is rubbing against your foot. If you don't swap your shoes for a more comfortable pair, you may soon develop a blister.
Make an appointment with one of our offices in either Jackson or Cleveland, MS, if you notice cuts or breaks in your skin, scratches, ingrown toenails, calluses, corns, blisters, or sores, for early treatment can help you avoid infection. Call immediately if you notice:
- Red, swollen skin
- Numbness or tingling
- Color or sensation changes (hot or cold)
- Red streaks on skin
Are you concerned about a diabetes-related foot issue? If so, schedule an appointment with your podiatrists, Drs. Stefanie Thomas, Ashley Blackwell, and Timothy Adams, by calling (601) 926-1500 for the Jackson/Clinton, MS, office or (662) 843-3668 for the Cleveland, MS, office.