Two Good Reasons Why Patients with Diabetes Should Visit Their Podiatrists Regularly

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How much do you know about diabetes? Diabetes is a full-body illness in which the pancreas, the gland responsible for producing the hormone insulin, fails to produce enough to effectively regulate levels of the blood sugar insulin. This dysregulation creates symptoms and complications throughout the body and puts the feet at particular risk. 

Should you talk to your doctor about being tested for diabetes? Yes, if you notice any or all of the following symptoms:

  • unquenchable thirst

  • frequent urination

  • hunger or weight loss, even though you are eating appropriately

  • fatigue

  • blurry vision 

You should pay particular attention to two dangerous symptoms in the feet: small wounds that are slow to heal and tingling or numbness. These are both early signs of the onset of diabetes and warnings of neuropathy and foot ulcers. 

Diabetes negatively impacts circulation and causes nerve damage, both of which cause the feet to feel chilled and numb. As a result, it’s hard for those with diabetes to perceive pain in their feet. This means that small nicks and cuts can go unnoticed. Not knowing that there’s a problem, an individual continues walking on the injury and it gets worse, eventually becoming a deep, possibly infected wound. Hospitalization, amputation, and even death can result. 

If you have diabetes, please take active steps to protect your foot health.

  • Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.

  • Inspect your feet regularly. If you have a hard time seeing the bottoms, place a small mirror on the floor or ask a family member or friend for help.

  • Visit a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein at least once a year and at the first sign of trouble. 

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or if you have another concern about the health and well-bring of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment with Eric Kosofsky, DPM and Robert Rutstein, DPM in our modern, comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices. Our doctors will conduct a thorough examination, accurately diagnose any existing or potential problems, and work with you to create an effective and individualized plan for treatment and follow-up care.