How Does Diabetes Affect Your Feet

A person with diabetes is less likely to feel a foot injury.  As a result, this could lead to serious complications.  The team of experts at Elio’s, including Canadian Certified Pedorthists and Chiropodists, recommend an effective daily foot-care routine to help people with diabetes keep their feet healthy.  Most importantly, we know that diabetes can have many effects on the feet:

  • Nerve damage/ neuropathy (loss of sensation)
  • Structural changes
  • Decreased or blocked blood vessels
  • Impairs wound healing
  • Weakened bones/ joint collapse
  • Charcot foot
  • Diabetes can also lead to Calluses and blisters
  • Skin breakdown
  • Ulcers and wounds
  • Infection (bone) and possible amputation

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Diabetic Foot?

Diabetes warning signs in the feet could be related to the following symptoms.

  • Redness
  • Numbness, burning, tingling
  • Swelling
  • Cold to touch
  • Inflammation
  • Lack/ decrease of sensation
  • Structural changes
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Early Detection is A Key to Manage Diabetic Foot

A simple foot exam can reveal the first signs and symptoms of diabetes, and identify areas that should be looked after closely, in order to prevent complications.

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Facts on Diabetes

Consider the impact of Diabetes based on the following facts published by Diabetes Canada.

  • As of 2015, 3.4 million Canadians (9.3%) have been diagnosed with diabetes
  • An additional 5.7 million Canadians have prediabetes and another 1 million are undiagnosed

If you have a concern with your foot health, please schedule an appointment at Elio’s as soon as possible.  We are here to help.